Amellus pedunculatus Ortega ex Willd.
Balbisia canescens Rich.
Balbisia divaricata Cass.
Balbisia elongata Willd.
Balbisia pedunculata Ortega ex Hoffmanns.
Chrysanthemum procumbens (L.) Sessé & Moc.
Common Name: Coat Buttons
Coat buttons is a herbaceous perennial plant with creeping stems up to 75cm long that become erect at their ends. The stems produce new roots at the leaf nodes[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
Contact with this plant can sometimes cause skin irritation[
Originally from Central America, the plant has become widespread as a weed in tropical and subtropical regions.
Sunny, dry locations, especially sandy and rocky sites like roadsides, railways, dunes, and waste places, at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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The plant is particularly well-adapted to coarse-textured soils[
A widespread weed, spreading freely by means of its creeping stems and prolific production of seeds that are dispersed by the wind[
Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The leaves are antiseptic, haemostatic and parasiticide[
]. They are used as a treatment against bronchial catarrh, dysentery, and diarrhoea[
]. The leaf powder, combined with that of Cicer arietium in a 2:1 ratio, is taken orally to treat diabetes[
A fine paste of the leaves is applied externally to reduce swelling of haemorrhoids and to stop bleeding[
].The leaf sap is applied topically to sores and ulcers[
The plant has been proposed as a cover crop, but its actual use and value are questionable[
The leaf juice possesses insecticidal and parasiticidal properties[
]. Smoke produced by burning the plant is used to repel mosquitoes[
The leaves are used as a hair restorative[
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