Tridax procumbens is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. Its common names
include coat buttons and tridax daisy in English, cadillo chisaca in
Spanish, herbe caille in French, Jayanti veda in Sanskrit, ghamra in
Hindi, Dagadi pala in Marathi, Gaddi Chemanthi in Telugu,Thata poodu
in Tamil, and kotobukigiku in Japanese. It is best known as a
widespread weed and pest plant. It is native to the tropical Americas
but it has been introduced to tropical, subtropical, and mild
temperate regions worldwide. The plant bears daisylike yellow-centered
white or yellow flowers with three-toothed ray florets. The leaves are
toothed and generally arrowhead-shaped. Its fruit is a hard achene
covered with stiff hairs and having a feathery, plumelike white pappus
at one end. The plant is invasive in part because it produces so many
of these achenes, up to 1500 per plant, and each achene can catch the
wind in its pappus and be carried some distance. This weed can be
found in fields, meadows, croplands, disturbed areas, lawns, and
roadsides in areas with tropical or semi-tropical climates. Very less
has been reported about the medicinal value of this plant. Some
reports from tribal areas state that the leaf juice can be used to
cure fresh wounds, to stop bleeding.
Thanks to my friend Rundstedt B. Rovillos for identfying this weed.
Today's Bible Verse:
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
PSALM 61:2 KJV