Blainvillea acmella

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Blainvillea acmella (L.) Philipson
  • Synonyms : Bidens acmella (L.) Lam, Verbesina acmella L.
  • Common Name : Para Cress Flower, Dholu Fuladu
  • Plant Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Sarita Udyan

About Blainvillea acmella Plant :

  • Habit : An annual, erect herb, with striate stem which is also very hairy with stiff hairs, up to 1.2m high.
  • Leaves : Ovate or ovate lanceolate, alternate or opposite, acute, crenate, serrate, hispid, 3-nerved from the base.
  • Inflorescence: Capitulum (Head)
  • Flowers : Heads 8-12 mm across, usually white in colour, the ray florets very small and scarcely noticeable, the disc florets tubular and regular, pappus of a few scales.
  • Fruit : Achenes cuneiform, straight or curved, very typical in shape.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : August-October
  • Significance :
    • The whole plant is used medicinally.
    • It is used to obtain black colour dye by mixing with the leaves of Bhangro.
    • Leaves are used in rheumatism, flowers are used for headache.