This plant has been happily growing in a wild bunch under a tree in our front yard. On the day I was drawing it, Zedeck’s mom came for a visit. She said: that’s not a weed! I planted it years ago! 

She called it pokok Lidah Ular (snake tongue plant). When boiled into a tea, it’s meant to have great medicinal properties, boosting the immune system. It’s incredibly bitter. 

Seems to go by plenty cool names: Raja Pahit (King of Bitters), Hempedu Bumi (Bile of the Earth), and Akar Cerita (Root of Story). The scientific name is andrographis paniculata.