Water spinach is a semiaquatic, tropical plant grown as a vegetable for its tender shoots and leaves. It is found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. This plant is known as river spinach, water morning glory, water convolvulus, Chinese spinach, Chinese Watercress, Chinese convolvulus, swamp cabbage or kangkong.
Water spinach grows in water or on moist soil. Its stems are 2-3 metres or more long, rooting at the nodes and they are hollow and can float. The leaves are arrow head-shaped 5-15 cm long and 2-8 cm broad. The Water Spinach is a common ingredient in Southeast Asian dishes. Stir-fried water spinach is a popular vegetable dish in Southeast Asia.