Friday, 18 March 2016

Acanthospermum hispidum DC image and discription


Botanical name : Acanthospermum hispidum DC.

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Family : Asteraceae
Distribution : Native to South America; naturalized elsewhere.
Description : Annual herbs, up to 50 cm tall, dichotomously branched, hispid, covered with spraeding hirsute glandular hairs. Leaves simple, opposite, elliptic, oblanceolate or obovate, attenuate at base. Heads yellow; ray flowers ligulate, disc flowers tubular 5-lobed. Achenes triangular, covered with stiff hooked bristles and with divergent awns at apex.

Flowering & Fruiting : August – December
Medicinal uses : It possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties. The crushed herb is used in the form of a paste to treat skin ailments and the leaf juice is reportedly used to relieve fevers.

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