The entries on medicinal and edible uses detailed below are for the subspecies Chrysanthellum indicum afroamericanum B.L.Turner. There are only small differences between the species and its various subspecies, so it should be safe to assume that the uses can apply to the whole complex[
Adenocarpum tuberculatum D.Don ex Hook. & Arn.
Chrysanthellum argentinum Ariza & Cerana
Chrysanthellum argentinum Ariza Esp. & Cerana
Chrysanthellum boliviense Sch.Bip.
Chrysanthellum mexicanum Greenm.
Chrysanthellum senegalense DC.
Chrysanthellum weberbaueri I.C.Chung
Coreopsis diffusa M.E.Jones
Plagiocheilus erectus Rusby
Chrysanthellum indicum is a faintly aromatic, erect, branched annual plant herb growing up to 30 cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild, very occasionally as a food but mainly for medicinal use. It is sometimes sold in local markets for medicinal use.
S. America - Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru; widely naturalized in tropical Africa.
Open spaces, and dry rocky places of the forest zone from Senegal to S Nigeria, at elevations up to 1,465 metres[
]. A weed along paths, in gardens and disturbed areas generally[
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A plant of moderate or higher elevations in the tropics.
The plant is a weed in its native regions[
Leaves - cooked[
]. Only used rarely, during the rainy season[
The plant (part not stated, but presumed to be the aerial portion) is used to make a poultice for maturating boils and a medicine for treating fevers in small children[
The plant is reported to be used for treating gonorrhoea[
An infusion of the whole plant, without the roots, combined with Tamarindus indicus, is taken to treat hepatitis[
A decoction of the entire plant is taken to treat malaria and jaundice with urinary complications[
The leaves, mashed and mixed in shea butter or in any other oil, are used to treat heart-troubles[
The leaves are mixed with henna for tinting the nails[
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