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I'm from South India and I'm having quite a fuss identifying this plant.
It has totally transparent stems, and when I break them, water squeezes out. My local friend tells me that this was used in the olden days to clean slates. It has a bit fat stem. And another thing about this plant is that when you soak it in Ink, you can see the ink travelling up it. That's why it is so transparent.

I heard that it is locally called Mashithandu and I searched all over the net for it, but can't find a name except that. I'm really sorry I can't add a photo. I'll see what I can do.

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I presume you are talking about Peperomia pellucida. It is called Mashithandu in Malayalam.

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Reference: Wikipedia

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Description

Delicate, glabrous annual herbs; stems erect, 5-30 cm tall, pellucid, branched when well developed.

Global Distribution

Native of Tropical America; now Pantropical

Indian distribution

State - Kerala in all Districts

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Common names It is known as pepper elder, silverbush, rat-ear, man-to-man, clearweed (North America); prenetaria (Puerto Rico); konsaka wiwiri (Suriname); coraçãozinho or "little heart" (Brazil); lingua de sapo, herva-de-vidro, herva-de-jaboti or herva-de-jabuti (South America), ewe rinrin (Yoruba Nigeria), corazón de hombre (Cuba).[11] In Oceania, it is called rtertiil (Belauan); podpod-lahe or potpopot (Chamorro). In the different dialects of the Philippines, it is called pansit-pansitan or ulasimang-bato (Tagalog), olasiman ihalas (Bisaya), sinaw-sinaw or tangon-tangon (Bikol), lin-linnaaw (Ilocano) and "clavo-clavo" (Chavacano). In other parts of Asia, it is known as càng cua (Vietnam);sagar bataing သဂါဗတာင် (Mon); pak krasang ผักกระสัง (Thailand); "krasang teap" ក្រសាំងទាប (Cambodia); suna kosho (Japan); rangu-rangu, ketumpangan or tumpang angin (Bahasa/Malay); sasaladahan (Sundanese); rinrin (Nigeria), "shining bush" (Trinidad and Tobago), and mashithanduമഷിത്തണ്ട്, വെള്ളത്തണ്ട് and വെള്ളപ്പച്ചില (Malayalam); diya thippili දිය තිප්පිලි (Sinhalese). In west Bengal, India the plant is locally known as "Luchi pata". In Guyana the plant is also known as "Soldier Parsley."

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