Chinese Wormwood
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Chinese Wormwood
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Chinese Wormwood
Botanical name: Crossostephium chinense    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Artemisia chinensis L., Chrysanthemum artemisioides, Tanacetum chinense

Chinese Wormwood is a woody shrub that is highly branched with erect branches. Leaves are fleshy, spoon-shaped or inverted-lanceshaped, and have a velvety texture on both sides. They are spirally arranged and stalkless (lacking a definitive leaf-stalk). Leaves are typically entire or trilobate, but occasionally bilobate or dissected into more than 3 lobes. Woody stem with light brown bark. Leaves are absent on the lower portion of the stem near the base, but are densely clustered at the branch tips. Compound flower resembles the yellow center of a Daisy. Each is composed of numerous disk florets and some ray florets. Inflorescence is a raceme with 1 major axis directly connected to short-stalked compound flowers. Chinese Wormwood is native to S. China to Temp. E. Asia and Philippines, Jawa. It is cultivated as a garden plant.
Medicinal uses: Besides being an ornamental plant, Chinese Wormwood possesses some medicinal properties. In the Philippines and Thailand, an infusion of its aerial parts is documented to be used to calm the digestive system and promote the production of milk in lactating mothers. In China, it is used to treat congestions, cough and menstrual irregularities.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Yogi Nursery, Delhi.

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