Pluchea indica (L.) Less.

Etymology Genus
After Abbé Noel-Antoine Pluche, a French naturalist
Species Of Indian origin
Synonyms Baccharis indica L.
Common Names Indian Camphorweed
Status Native: Common
Form Shrub
Native Distribution India to South China, down to Indochina, Malesia, and Australia

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.

References

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
Family: Asteraceae