||After Abbé Noel-Antoine Pluche, a French naturalist
|| Of Indian origin
||Baccharis indica L.
||India to South China, down to Indochina, Malesia, and Australia
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.
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.
Serrated, thick, and hairless leaves.
ReferencesSuriyaphan O. (2014) Nutrition, Health Benefits and Applications of Pluchea indica (L.) Less Leaves. Mahidol University Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 41: 1-10.
Posted Date: 2015-03-14 / Modified Date: 2015-03-15