Sauvagesia adima Aubl.
Sauvagesia brownei Planch.
Sauvagesia floribunda A.Chev.
Sauvagesia geminiflora DC.
Sauvagesia grandifolia Dwyer
Sauvagesia microphylla Urb.
Sauvagesia nutans Pers.
Sauvagesia peruviana Roem. & Schult.
Sauvagesia salicifolia Ging.
Sauvagesia stenophylla Urb.
Sauvagesia erecta is a small, creeping herb about 30cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is cultivated in home gardens in Ecuador[
S. America - Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia. Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; C. America - Panama to Mexico; Caribbean - Trinidad to Cuba.
Common in pastures, and as a weed in cultivated fields[
]. Usually found in moist or wet soil of savannahs, open grassy banks, moist thickets, or pine forest; at elevations up to 1,450 metres[
The plant has become a pantropical weed[
The whole plant is antiinflammatory, astringent and diuretic[
]. It is crushed with a rock, then boiled in water and the decoction taken orally as a remedy for stomach aches[
]. It is also used to treat coughs and colds, diarrhoea and digestive tract infections[
]. The whole plant is boiled with sugar into a syrup to produce a remedy for colds[
]. The plant is very mucilaginous, and the infusion has been used to treat complaints of the eye, dysentery, and irritability of the bladder[
An infusion of the leaves and stems is drunk as a febrifuge[
The leaves are mucilaginous and pectoral. An infusion is used to treat diarrhoea[
The plant (part not specified) is a bitter aromatic, stomachic and cordial[
Aerial parts of the plant contain anthocyanins, leucoanthocyanins, catechuic tannins and flavonoids[
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