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Elephantopus mollis  Kunth


Botanical Name


Elephantopus mollis Kunth

English Name


Soft elephant's foot, False tobacco, Tobacco weed



Elephantopus tomentosus auct. non L.





General Info


A herb up to 100 cm tall, stems whitish pilose. Leaves basal and cauline, elliptical-ovate or elliptical-obovate to elliptical-lanceolate, 8-22 cm x 3-7 cm. Glomerules terminal, generally long-peduncled, glomerule bracts generally shorter than the involucral bracts. Flowers with corolla about 5 mm long, whitish or sometimes pinkish or purplish. Fruit 2.5-3 mm long with pappus bristles equal and 3.5-4 mm long.

Herb Effects

Diuretic, febrifuge and emetic (decoction of plant); diuretic and antihepatic (entire plant); as vulnerary (leaves); tonic and depurative (aerial parts).


Plants with possible antimalarial activity gathered from ethnomedical reports published in Flora Medicinal.
PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

The leaves (fresh and crushed or dried and powdered) are applied to wounds. The aerial parts are indicated in fever, jaundice, gallstone, diarrhea, herpes, syphilis, colds, flu, rheumatism and pruritus.



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