Diagnostic: Pluchea indica is a shrub of about 1.5m. It can be found in coastal areas and scrublands, though I have seldom seen them around despite having a common status. It can be easily identified from its serrated and thick leaves and spiral arrangement.
Interesting Facts: The Indian Comphorweed is consumed as a health promoting tea in Thailand. Studies have shown it to have anti-inflammatory, pain relief, anti-tulerculosis, free radical scavenging properties (Suriyaphan, 2014).
|Form of the Indian Camphorweed..||Leaf arrangement.|
|Serrated, thick, and hairless leaves.||Pinkish inflorescences.|
Suriyaphan O. (2014) Nutrition, Health Benefits and Applications of Pluchea indica (L.) Less Leaves. Mahidol University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 41: 1-10.
|Posted on 14-Mar-2014 / Last Updated on 15-Mar-2015|