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Spermacoce hispida

L.

Rubiaceae


There is some disagreement over the correct name for this species. We are using the original name, Spermacoce hispida, which has been accepted for conservation and is treated as the correct name in the 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families' and many other recent publications. However, some other authorities still accept Borreria hispida[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Borreria articularis hispida (L.) Sivar. & Manilal

Borreria hispida (L.) K.Schum.

Spermacoce avana R.Br. ex G.Don

Spermacoce mutilata Blanco

Spermacoce rigida Salisb.

Common Name: Shaggy Button Weed

Spermacoce hispida
Flowers
Photograph by: Ahmad Fuad Morad
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Spermacoce hispida Spermacoce hispida

General Information

Shaggy button weed is an annual to perennial, variable, creeping to erect, branched, short hairy herb, growing up to 15 cm tall[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The plant is used in traditional medicine in southeast Asia, the plant being harvested from the wild.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southern China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.

Habitat

Open sandy lands at lower elevations in southern China[
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Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. Behind beaches, in dry gardens, teak forests, along steep roadsides, on sandy soils, locally abundant, at elevations from sea-level up to 500 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual/Perennial
Height0.15 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is considered to be emetic[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The aerial parts of the plant are taken as a febrifuge[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Externally, the leaves are applied in poultices to treat headache, and also to wounds or sores[
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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.
]. A decoction of the leaves is considered an astringent and used to treat haemorrhoids[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].


A decoction of the root is used as an alterative[
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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 decoction is also used as a mouthwash for toothache[
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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 seeds are considered cooling and demulcent, and are given in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery[
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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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -

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