Common Name: Prickly Leaved Elephant’s Foot
Origin: according to the USDA website, it is Native to East Tropical Africa, West-Central Tropical Africa, South Tropical Africa, China, Japan, Indian Subcontinent, Malaysia, Australias. It is considered naturalized in the Philippines
Reference: Stuartxchange and other sources
- Plant description (from Medicinal Plants of Bangladesh): Erect herb, up to 38 cm high; rootstock short, giving off many stout fibrous roots. Leaves 12.5-20 cm long, mostly radical forming a spreading rosette on the ground, obovate-oblong, coarsely serrate-dentate, hairy. Heads numerous, sessile, closely packed, forming a large flat-topped terminal inflorescence, nearly 2.5 cm across, and surrounded at the base by three large, broadly ovate, leafy bract. Flowers small, violet.
- it has known medicinal uses
- The leaf poultice is used as antidote for insect bite. (from Indiavideo.org)
- It is related to Carolina Elephant’s Foot Elephantopus carolinianus, an endangered plant in New Jersey and Pennsylvania (from the USDA website)
- According to Stuartxchange, “Dila-dila is a shared common name by many different species of plants: (1) Onychium siliculosum: Buhok-virgin (Tag.); dila-dila (Tag) (2) Nopalea cochinellifera: Dila-dila (Ilk.); dilang baka (Tag.) (3) Elephantus scaber: Dila-dila (Tag.), kabkabron (Ilk.); prickly leaved elephant’s food (Engl.) (4) Pseudoelephantopus spicatus: Dila-dila (Tag.); dilang-aso (Tag.) Kabkaron (Ilk.)
- I was able to ID this plant myself by looking at the photos of Asteraceae in Phyto Images!
- I suddenly noticed this plant all over the grass. It wasn’t there before.
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