Scientific name: Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S.Moore
Synonym: Gynura crepidioides Benth.
Bengali/Vernacular name: Duubbecrepi.
Tribal name: Teolang (Chakma), Prindey (Khumi), Tong pa ma (Marma), Sampao (Murang), Baiunkasa (Pangkhoa), Maa-khaw-daa-bawn (Rakhaing).
English name: Redflower ragleaf, Fireweed.
Description of the plant: An erect annual slightly succulent little-branched herb, up to 1 m tall. Leaves elliptic-oblanceolate, lyrately lobed, apex acute or acuminate, margin serrate-dentate. Flower heads are cylindrical, green, with red florets visible on top. Fruit a cypsela, oblong, pappus hairy.
Plant parts used: Leaf, stem.
Ethnomedicinal uses: Paste prepared from the leaves of the plant is applied on the boils to treat it.
Fresh juice extracted from the leaves of the plant is taken thrice a day (two tea spoons amount each time) until the epilepsy is cured.
Decoction made from the leaves and stems of the plant is taken for the treatment of liver disorder.
Fresh juice extracted from the leaves and stems of the plant is advised to take three times a day (two tea spoons amount each time) until the typhoid is cured.
Distribution: The species commonly occurs all over the country.
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