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Youngia japonica  (L.) DC.


Botanical Name


Youngia japonica (L.) DC.

English Name


Japanese hawkweed, Oriental false hawksbeard



Crepis japonica (L.) Benth., Prenanthes japonica L., Youngia napifolia Wight.





General Info


Erect, pubescent herb, the leaves mostly in basal rosette, stem with a few cauline leaves; basal leaves petiolate, oblanceolate, pinnately parted, lyrate, finely dentate, usually puberulent, about 3-15 cm long and up to 5 cm wide, the terminal lobe largest; cauline leaves usually only 1-3, subsessile, much smaller; heads several to many in a panicle, 7-8 mm wide; involucre 5-6 mm long, with about 8 inner (longer) bracts; florets about 10-25; corolla about 5-6 mm long, yellow; achenes brown, about 1.8 mm long, with slender scaberulous ribs; pappus soft, white, 3 mm long, persistent.

Herb Effects

Antitussive and febrifuge (plant)


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Medicinal Use

The plant is used in the treatment of boils and snakebites.



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