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Useful Tropical Plants

Adenostemma platyphyllum

Cass.

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Adenostemma platyphyllum
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Germaine A. Parada
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Adenostemma platyphyllum Adenostemma platyphyllum Adenostemma platyphyllum

General Information

Adenostemma platyphyllum is a coarse, erect, annual plant that can grow up to 1 metre tall[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.

Habitat

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[
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



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 [
305
Title
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.hear.org/pier/scientificnames/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A very good website detailing weed species that have been introduced into the Pacific Islands.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is a remedy for pimples on the head and ears. The leaves are burned and the ashes rubbed onto the afflicted area[
521
Title
Useful Plants of the Siona and Secoya Indians of Eastern Ecuador.
Publication
Fieldiana Botany New Series No. 15
Author
Vickers W.T.; Plowman T.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Field Museum of Natural History; USA.
Year
1984
ISBN
0015 - 0746
Description
Very terse, but it gives the uses of a large number of species. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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