Botanical name: Launaea sarmentosa Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Launaea pinnatifida
Beach Launaea is a hairless whip-shaped, procumbent perennial herb, rooting and leaf-bearing at the nodes and arching between them. Leaves at the roots are 2.5-7.5 cm long, oblong, pinnately cut or sinuate-toothed or lobed. Flower-heads are 1-1.3 cm across, solitary or in clusters of 1-2, arising from the nodes together with the stem leaves. It is native to coastal areas in Africa (east coast), Madagascar, the Seychelles, Mauritius, India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.
Medicinal uses: The plant is given as a lactagogue. Juice of the plant is tonic, diuretic, aperient; applied in rheumatic affections and given as a soporific to children.
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