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Centipeda is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. The genus is native to regions in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Centipeda species are commonly found in wet or damp environments, such as along riverbanks, in marshes, and in other moist habitats.

Description[edit | edit source]

Plants in the genus Centipeda are typically small, annual or perennial herbs. They have simple, alternate leaves that are often toothed or lobed. The flowers are small and inconspicuous, usually greenish or yellowish, and are arranged in dense, head-like clusters. The fruit is a small, dry achene.

Species[edit | edit source]

The genus Centipeda includes several species, some of which are:

  • Centipeda cunninghamii - Commonly known as Old Man Weed, this species is native to Australia and has been used in traditional Aboriginal medicine.
  • Centipeda minima - Known as Spreading Sneezeweed, this species is widespread and can be found in Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia.
  • Centipeda orbicularis - This species is native to Australia and is often found in wet habitats.

Habitat and Distribution[edit | edit source]

Centipeda species are typically found in wet or damp environments. They thrive in areas such as riverbanks, marshes, and other moist habitats. The genus is distributed across Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia, with some species being more widespread than others.

Uses[edit | edit source]

Some species of Centipeda have been used in traditional medicine. For example, Centipeda cunninghamii, also known as Old Man Weed, has been used by Aboriginal Australians for its medicinal properties. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

Conservation[edit | edit source]

The conservation status of Centipeda species varies. Some species may be common and widespread, while others may be more restricted in their distribution and potentially at risk due to habitat loss and other environmental factors.

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