Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex DC.

DeFilipps, Robert A. & Krupnick, Gary A., 2018, The medicinal plants of Myanmar, PhytoKeys 102, pp. 1-341: 28

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Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex DC.


Emilia sonchifolia (L.) DC. ex DC.  


English: lilac tasselflower, red tasselflower.


Old World tropics; naturalized in southern Florida. In Myanmar, found in Mandalay and Yangon.


Whole plant: Used as febrifuge, for eye diseases, and as an anthelmintic.


The medicinal uses of this species in India are discussed in Jain and DeFilipps (1991) as follows: The leaf is used on wounds, bruises, and eye diseases; the root for diarrhea and gangrene (with leaf also). Medicinal uses of this species in China are discussed in Duke and Ayensu (1985). Here the plant is use as a detoxicant, diuretic, febrifuge, refrigerant, and sudorific. The whole plant is decocted for abscesses, boils, colds, dysentery, eneteritis, influenza, larengitis, numbness, pharyngitis, scales, snakebites, and traumatic injuries. The leaf is used for dysentery.


Nordal (1963).