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Useful Tropical Plants

Elephantopus scaber

L.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Elephantopus carolinensis G.Mey.

Elephantopus plurisetus (O.Hoffm.) Clonts

Elephantopus sinuatus Zoll. & Moritzi

Elephantopus sordidus Salisb.

Scabiosa cochinchinensis Lour.

Common Name: Elephant's Foot

Elephantopus scaber
Growing plant
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General Information

Elephant's foot is an erect, perennial herb growing up to 80 cm tall[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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A popular medicinal herb in Africa, where it is often gathered from the wild. The leaves are also sometimes eaten locally.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Tropical eastern Africa - Congo to Kenya, south to Angola and Mozambique.

Habitat

Occurs in grasslands, wasteland, roadsides, along fields and in forest borders, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.80 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Young leaves - cooked and eaten like spinach[
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Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

A powder made from the plant is added to 'marcha', a fermentation cake used in the preparation of local alcoholic drinks[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

The plant is widely used as a medicinal herb in the tropics. It is anthelmintic, diaphoretic, diuretic, emmenagogue, emollient, febrifuge and tonic[310. It is used to treat conditions such as asthma, coughs and pulmonary diseases; dyspepsia, diarrhoea and dysentery; oedema; urethral discharges and venereal diseases[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. A decoction is used to treat fungal skin diseases[
348
Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

The roots are diuretic, febrifuge and tonic[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. They are used fresh to arrest vomiting[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Either pounded or in decoction, they are also used as a remedy for leucorrhoea, anaemia, cough, malaria and as a tonic during parturition[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

The leaves are recommended for application to the abdomen to treat dropsy[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. They are also used as an anthelmintic and aphrodisiac, and to treat cough, sprue and diarrhoea[
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

The plant contains deoxyelephantopine, an antitumoral sesquiterpene lactone[
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Title
Medicinal Plants of the Guianas
Publication
 
Author
DeFilipps, R. A.; Maina, S. L.; & Crepin, J.
Website
http://botany.si.edu/bdg/medicinal/index.html
Publisher
Smithsonian Museum
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A down-loadable PDF document of a book in pre-publication awaiting illustration. An excellent, if rather terse, guide to the traditional medicinal uses of the plants of the region
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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