TRIDAX PROCUMBENS L.

Family: Asteraceae

Bengali/Vernacular Name: Tridhara, Tridaksha.

English Name: Mexican Daisy, Coat Buttons.

Description of the Plant:
Annual or biennial somewhat patently hispid herbs. Stem branched, creeping at base, suberect or trailing above. Leaves ovate-lanceolate, or elliptic-rhomboid, with a cuneate base, obtuse or subacute, coarsely serrate or lobed, patently hispid, 2.5-7 cm long. Heads solitary, 1.2-1.5 cm across, on erect, 10-30 cm long peduncle. Marginal flowers 5-6 with pale yellow, 0.3 cm long ligules; disc flowers bright yellow.

Using Information:
Leaf juice possesses antiseptic, insecticidal and parasiticidal properties. The crushed leaves are applied to arrest bleeding in bruises and cuts. Leaves are also used for the treatment of bronchial catarrh, dysentery, diarrhoea and for the restoration of hairs.

Chemical Constituents:
Aerial parts of the plant contain sterols, campesterol, stimasterol, β-sitosterol and saturated and unsaturated C12-C22 fatty acids. Flowers contain flavonoids, luteolin, glucoluteolin and quercetin (Ghani, 2003).

Distribution:
Throughout the country in fallow lands.


Tridax Procambens
TRIDAX PROCUMBENS L.



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