||After Augustin Friedrich Walther, a 18th century German botanist
|| Of Indian; relationship to plant unknown
||Waltheria africana K. Schum., Waltheria americana L.
||Sleepy Morning, Velvet Leaf
Waltheria indica is found in open scrublands. It starts as a single stemmed individual and then clusters together. The alternate arranged and serrated leaves are grey and very velvety because of the hairs on it. Each leaf axillary frequently branch out a yellow infloresence.
The Sleepy Morning is now naturalised throughout the tropics and some subtropical regions. It is used in traditional medicine for various aliments (see Francis ). This includes as a "febrifuge, purgative, emollient, analgesic, and astringent" in Africa, and to relieve sore throat by chewing on the roots in Hawaii.
Form of the Sleepy Morning.
The velvety leaf.
Posted Date: 2014-12-27 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11