|| Rough; referring to the texture of the plant
||Elephantopus carolinensis G.Mey., Elephantopus sordidus Salisb.
||Tropical America, Africa, Asia, Australia
Elephantopus scaber is a common weed among lawns. It has dark green elongated leaves arranged in a rosette at the base. The leaf margins are uneven or serrated. A flowering stem extends out where it ends with 3 bracts holding the purple flowers.
The Elephant's Foot's leaves and roots are widely used traditionally as used as a tonic, expulsion of intestinal worms, diuretic, febrifuge, and as a cough remedy (Globinmed, 2010).
Flowering stalks of the Elephant's Foot emerging from the lawn.
Form of the Elephant's Foot.
Leaves are arranged in a rosette.
Close-up of the flowers subtended by 3 bracts.
ReferencesGlobinmed. (2010) Elephantopus scaber. Global Information Hub on Integrated Science, Institute of Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Malaysia. http://www.globinmed.com. Accessed on 19-Apr-2014.
Posted Date: 2014-04-19 / Modified Date: 2015-01-16