Family ► Compositae; Asteraceae.
Habitat ► Near sea-coasts and the Andamans.
Ayurvedic ► Bhringaraaja (yellow-flowered var).
Action ► Leaves—used as poultice on ulcers, sores, varicose veins; paste applied to fungal infections. Leaf decction—vulnerary and antiscabious. The juice of leaf is also given internally with cow's milk as a tonic after child birth.
The dried leaves contain veratryli-dene hydrazide and quercetin derivatives. The stem contains stigmasterol and grandifloric acid. The leaves and stem showed antifungal activity.
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