Waltheria indica L.

Etymology Genus After Augustin Friedrich Walther, a 18th century German botanist
Species Of Indian; relationship to plant unknown
Family Malvaceae
Synonyms Waltheria africana K. Schum., Waltheria americana L.
Common Names Sleepy Morning, Velvet Leaf
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Shrub
Native Distribution America

Diagnostics:

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.


Interesting Facts:

The Sleepy Morning is now naturalised throughout the tropics and some subtropical regions. It is used in traditional medicine for various aliments (see Francis [2004]). 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.

Leaf arrangement.

The velvety leaf.

Inflorescence.


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Author: Jake
Posted Date: 2014-12-27 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11