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Useful Tropical Plants

Dichrocephala integrifolia

(L.f.) Kuntze

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Absinthium spathulatum Noronha

Centipeda capensis Less.

Centipeda latifolia Cass.

Cotula bicolor Roth

Cotula latifolia Pers.

Cotula sonchifolia M.Bieb.

Dichrocephala capensis (Less.) DC.

Dichrocephala erecta L'Hér.

Dichrocephala gracilis DC.

Dichrocephala latifolia (Lam.) L'Hér. ex DC.

Dichrocephala nilagirensis Sch.Bip. ex Hook.f.

Dichrocephala sonchifolia (M.Bieb.) DC.

Ethulia glomerata Spreng. ex DC.

Ethulia integrifolia D.Don

Ethulia paniculata Houtt.

Ethulia paniculata Schkuhr

Ethulia sinapifolia Steud.

Grangea bicolor (Roth) Willd. ex Loudon

Grangea dissecta DC.

Grangea latifolia Lam. ex Poir.

Grangea sonchifolia (M.Bieb.) Loudon

Hippia bicolor (Roth) Sm.

Hippia integrifolia L.f.

Myriogyne latifolia Hassk..

Common Name:

Dichrocephala integrifolia
Flowering stem
Photograph by: Robert v. Blittersdorff; African plants - A Photo Guide
© Robert v. Blittersdorff
Dichrocephala integrifolia Dichrocephala integrifolia

General Information

Dichrocephala integrifolia is an erect or spreading, aromatilc annual plant growing 20 - 60cm tall, occasionally to 100cm. It often branches freely at the base, though can a,so be unbranched, and forms new roots at the leaf nodes[
266
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.
,
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
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

Scattered from tropical and subtropical Africa, through the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, tropical and subtropical Asia to New Guinea, Australia, Pacific

Habitat

A common weed of fallowed rice fields and moist waste places; also found on old clearings, along trails, drainage ditches and roads, especially on clay soils, at elevations from 500 - 3,000 metres[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. Grassland and semi-shaded areas in Africa[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.50 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Found mainly on clay soils in the wild, the plant can also grow abundantly on humid, mostly hard or stony soils[
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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.
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Flowering is seasonal in regions with a cool and/or dry season, otherwise the plant flowers throughout the year[
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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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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

Decoctions of the flower buds are used as a sudorific and diuretic[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Author
 
Website
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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360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
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When the aroma of the crushed flower heads is inhaled it induces sneezing and thus helps to reduce nasal congestion[
272
Title
Plants and People of Nepal
Publication
 
Author
Manandhar. N. P.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
2002
ISBN
0-88192-527-6
Description
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.
].

The leaves are antiviral[
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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.
].
Applied externally, the leaves are crushed and used to treat ulcers and swellings[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The young shoots are applied as a poultice in treating blennorrhoea, leucorrhoea, and the stings or bites of insects, spiders or scorpions[
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.
,
360
Title
Philippine Medicinal Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.stuartxchange.org/CompleteList.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A lovely site, giving brief details on the medicinal uses of several hundred (over 400 at the last count) plants in the Philippines, plus a picture of each plant.
].

The plant juice is used as a treatment against filariasis[
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.
], it is used in treating malarial fevers and, when put in the nose, is used to treat sinusitis and migraine[
272
Title
Plants and People of Nepal
Publication
 
Author
Manandhar. N. P.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
2002
ISBN
0-88192-527-6
Description
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.
]..
The dried and powdered plant is applied as a dressing on old infected wounds[
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 juice of the plant is appled to cuts and wounds[
272
Title
Plants and People of Nepal
Publication
 
Author
Manandhar. N. P.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
2002
ISBN
0-88192-527-6
Description
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.
].

This is a medicinal plant, used in the treatment of dyspepsia and indigestion, as an antiphlogistic, and as an antiemetic[
266
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.
].

The plant contains flavonoids like rutin, which display interesting pharmacological activities. Rutin is known as a 'capillary protectant', the substance is used to treat capillary and venous disorders[
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 methanol extract of the entire plant shows weak antibacterial activity[
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.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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