Scientific Name:Emilia caesipitosa  
Vernacular Name:Kanyoro , Umusununu
Family name :Asteraceae
Geographic Distribution:fallow, savanna, meadow, cultivated land, mountain forest, 1300- 2400 m

Botanical Description

Emilia caesipitosa is an annual herb 4-90 m high, stem erect, sparsely pubescent at least towards the base or glabrous. Leaves subsucculent light green, sometimes purplish bbeneath or near margins, sessile, the lower circular, spatulate or obvate, upper obovate, elliptic to linear-lanceolste, 0.8-15 cm long,0.4-4 cm wide, base cuneate or attenuate, in upper semi-amplexicaul, margins remotedly sinuate- denticulate to serrate, obtuse to acute sparsely pubescent pubescent or glabrous,  capitula discoid, 2-4 in terminal subumbelliform to lax corymbs, involucres broadly cylindrical 4-8 mm long 2.5-3 mm in diameter

Medicinal Use

Crushed green leaves are used to treat wounds, sores and sinusitis. Dried powdered leaves are also applied to sores. Roots or leaves are boiled and the decoction is used to treat syphilis.The roots are used to treat colic in babies in Tanzania and as a chest  medicine in Kenya.

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