Complaya chinensis (Osbeck) Strother
Jaegeria calendulacea (L.) Spreng.
Seruneum calendulaceum (L.) Kuntze
Solidago chinensis Osbeck
Thelechitonia chinensis (Osbeck) H.Rob. & Cuatrec.
Verbesina calendulacea L.
Wedelia calendulacea (L.) Less.
Wedelia chinensis (Osbeck) Merr.
Sphagneticola calendulacea is a slender, spreading, herbaceous perennial plant, producing stems 50 - 80cm long that lie along the ground, ascending at their tips. The stems produce roots at their lower nodes[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and to purify water.
E. Asia - China, Japan, India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Open, waste places at sea level[
]. On paddy ridges, in grassy fields and moist lowland depressions in the north, also common in littoral areas[
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The plant is mainly used for the treatment of inflammations, including abscesses and sore throat; it is also used to treat coughs[
]. TIle whole plant, except for the roots, is well known for its antibacterial, demulcent and antifebrile properties[
]. It is used in the treatment of phlegmon, boils, impetigo, mastitis, abscesses, cystitis, cold and eruptive fever[
A decoction of the fresh plant is used for bathing babies to prevent lichen tropicus (a chronic inflammatory and immune mediated disease that affects the skin, nails, hair, and mucous membranes)[
]. The fresh plant, combined with sesame oil, is used to treat elephantiasis[
The leaves are used for purifying water[
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