Centipeda cunninghamii

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Centipeda cunninghamii (DC.) A.Braun and Asch. (AM AK301744-3)

Centipeda cunninghamii, commonly known as Old Man Weed, is a perennial herb native to Australia. It belongs to the family Asteraceae and is known for its medicinal properties.

Description[edit | edit source]

Centipeda cunninghamii is a small, spreading herb that typically grows to a height of 10-30 cm. The plant has a distinctive aroma and features small, green leaves that are arranged alternately along the stem. The leaves are ovate to lanceolate in shape and have a slightly serrated margin. The flowers are small, greenish-yellow, and are borne in clusters at the ends of the stems.

Habitat[edit | edit source]

This species is commonly found in a variety of habitats across Australia, including wetlands, riverbanks, and disturbed areas. It thrives in moist, well-drained soils and can often be found in areas with high water availability.

Traditional Uses[edit | edit source]

Centipeda cunninghamii has been used traditionally by Indigenous Australians for its medicinal properties. The plant has been utilized in the treatment of various ailments, including colds, sinusitis, and skin conditions. The leaves and stems are often crushed and applied topically or used to prepare infusions.

Chemical Constituents[edit | edit source]

The plant contains several bioactive compounds, including sesquiterpene lactones, which are believed to contribute to its medicinal properties. Research is ongoing to fully understand the pharmacological potential of these compounds.

Cultivation[edit | edit source]

Centipeda cunninghamii can be propagated from seeds or cuttings. It prefers a sunny position and well-drained soil. Regular watering is essential, especially during dry periods. The plant can be grown in gardens or containers and is relatively low-maintenance.

Conservation Status[edit | edit source]

The conservation status of Centipeda cunninghamii is not currently listed as threatened. However, habitat destruction and changes in land use could potentially impact its populations in the wild.

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