Common Name: Huamanripa
Senecio calvusis a herbaceous perennial plant
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is sold for medicinal use in local markets[
Senecio calvus is endemic to Peru where it has a restricted distribution in the Andean region. There is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat due to mining activities. However, the population is not considered severely fragmented and it occurs at more than ten locations. The plant is currently classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
S. America - Peru
Rock crevices; at elevations from 3,500 - 4,500 metres[
|Conservation Status||Near Threatened
This species is one of several similar Senecio species known as 'Huamanrripa' or 'Huira-huira' and used collectively in Peru to treat coughs and other respiratory conditions[
The plant is analgesic, antibiotic, antiinflammatory, antitussive and pectoral.
An infusion of the leaves, sometimes combined with other species such as Eucaliptus sp., Juglans neotropica or Borago officinalis, is drunk in the treatment of coughs and respiratory illnesses[
The plant is used to make a steam bath, usually with other plants, as a treatment for colds[
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