Quick Weed
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Quick Weed
aturalized ovate Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Quick Weed, gallant soldier, potato weed, small-flower galinsoga • Manipuri: ꯍꯥꯃꯦꯡ ꯁꯝꯄꯥꯛꯄꯤ Hameng sampakpi • Tamil: மூக்குத்தி பூ Mookuthi Poo • Nepali: चित्लांगे झार Chitlange jhar
Botanical name: Galinsoga parviflora    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Tridax parviflora

Quick Weed is a slender annual herb 20-70 cm tall, found mostly in NE India. Leaves ovate or narrowly ovate, 2-5 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, margins minutely toothed or entire. Flower-heads 3-4 mm high, flower-cluster-stalks appressed velvet-hairy or glandular hairy; involucral bracts 2-3 mm long; ray florets white, 5 per head, rarely pink, 3-toothed, 1-2 mm long; pappus of ray florets absent or very reduced, that of disk florets consisting of blunt-tipped, fringed scales. Achenes sparsely appressed velvet-hairy or hairless. Quick Weed is native to South America, widely naturalized all over the world.
Medicinal uses: In Manipur, extract of leaves with salt is given in fever, diarrhoea and vomitting. Leaves of this plant, along with those of Ageratum conyzoides, Drymaria cordata, ginger are made into a paste and applied as a remedy for snake-bite by the Khasis and Jaintias of Meghalaya.

Identification credit: Debasish Joardar, Latha Photographed in Imphal, Manipur & Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

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