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Adenostemma lavenia  (L.) Kuntze


Botanical Name


Adenostemma lavenia (L.) Kuntze

English Name


Common medicineplant.



Adenostemma tinctorium (Lour.) Cass., Adenostemma viscosum J. R. Frost, Spilanthes tinctoria Lour., Verbesina lavenia L.





General Info


Annual herb from 30 to 110 cm tall with white flowers. Stems sparsely hairy at apex. The leaves are thin, opposite (upper ones alternate), oblong to broadly ovate, and 5 to 15 centimeters long, with the apex pointed and the margins entire or scalloped. The inflorescence is lax, and the heads are 5 to 7 millimeters in diameter. The flowers are very small and white, with the corolla hairy near the mouth.

Herb Effects

Diuretic and antiseptic (leaf); antispasmodic (leaves), stimulant and sternutatory (fresh juice).


Adenostemma lavenia


Active Ingredients

int-11-hydroxylated-kauranic acids (plant)


Medicinal Use

Cuts and wounds (crushed leaves); stomachache, diarrhea (root).


Chandel et al., Biodiversity in Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in India.

Uniyal et al., Medicinal Flora of Garhwal Himalayas.

Henty, E. E. & G. H. Pritchar 1975. Weed of New Guinea and their control. 2nd edition. Division of Botany, Department of Forests, Lae, Papua New Guinea. p. 62.

Yuncker TG. 1959. Plants of Tonga. B. P. Bishop Museum Bull. 220:266.

McMullen CK. 1999. Flowering plants of the Galápagos. Comstock Pub. Assoc., Ithaca, N.Y. p. 247.

Stone BC. 1970. The flora of Guam. Micronesica 6:579-580.

Wiggins IL and Porter DM. 1971. Flora of the Galapagos Islands. Stanford University Press. pp. 309-310.



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