Adenostemma platyphyllum is a coarse, erect, annual plant that can grow up to 1 metre tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.
A weed in wet situations; streamsides, ditches, old gardens, sometimes troublesome in badly-drained pasture; at elevations up to 2,000 metres in New Guinea[
The plant has become a pantropical weed and is recorded as being invasive in many areas. The seeds are easily spread; they have sticky awns atop achenes and these easily cling to clothing and the fur of animals [
The plant is a remedy for pimples on the head and ears. The leaves are burned and the ashes rubbed onto the afflicted area[
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