Scientific name: Laphangium luteoalbum (L.)Tzvelev

Family: Asteraceae

Synonym: Gnaphalium luteo-album L., Gnaphalium affine D. Don

Bengali/Vernacular name: Bara kamra.

Tribal name:  Kamra gaith (Tanchangya).

English name: Jersey cudweed, Weedy cudweed, Winged cudweed.

Description of the plant: An annual erect herb, up to 30 cm tall, stem softly white, tomentose, simple or branched usually from the base. Leaves 5 × 1 cm, sessile, linear, oblanceolate-obovate, acute-apiculate at the apex, margin entire, densely white tomentose or woolly on both surfaces, more white wooly on lower surface. Flowers in dense, leafless, corymbose clusters of grey-whitish heads.

Laphangium luteoalbum

Plant parts used: Leaf and stem.

Medicinal uses: Paste is made from leaves and stems of the plant are applied on the affected areas to treat gout, wound and sore.

Juice extracted from leaves and stems of the plant is taken for the treatment of diarrhoea.

The plant is used in the treatment of breast cancer.

Distribution: All over Bangladesh in fallow lands.

Is this plant misidentified? If yes, please tell us….



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