Golden Chrysanthemum
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Golden Chrysanthemum
P Naturalized Unknown Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Golden Chrysanthemum, American Chrysanthellum, Golden Chamomile
Botanical name: Chrysanthellum americanum    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Chrysanthellum procumbens, Chrysanthellina gracilis, Chrysanthellina swartzii

Golden Chrysanthemum is a herb that grows up to 30 cm tall, erect or prostrate with very jagged leaves, three or five lobes deeply incised, each lobe is in turn divided and ends in a pointed shape . The flowers are yellow heads with flower-cluster-stalks 3-5 cm up to 6 cm. Ray-florets are about 9, 2.2 mm. The fruits are achenes flattened, dark-colored, flared walls at the top and surrounded by a bract whitish. Golden Chrysanthemum is native to Mexico to Central America, Caribbean. It is naturalized in India.
Medicinal uses: Golden Chrysanthemum in Cuban traditional medicine is used for gastro-intestinal pains, rheumatism and kidney, strengthens and increases hair growth.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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