Melanthera biflora (L.) Wild, Kirkia 5: 4. 1965 4 1965. (syn: Acmella biflora (L.) Spreng.; Anthemiopsis macrophylla Bojer ex DC.; Buphthalmum australe Spreng.; Eclipta scabriuscula Wall. [Invalid]; Niebuhria biflora (L.) Britten; Spilanthes peregrina Blanco; Stemmodontia biflora W.Wight (Unresolved); Stemmodontia canescens W.Wight (Unresolved); Verbesina aquatilis Burm.; Verbesina argentea Gaudich.; Verbesina biflora L. .; Verbesina canescens Gaudich.; Verbesina strigulosa Gaudich.; Wedelia argentea (Gaudich.) Merr.; Wedelia aristata Less.; Wedelia biflora var. canescens Fosberg ..; Wedelia canescens (Gaudich.) Merr.; Wedelia chamissonis Less.; Wedelia glabrata (DC.) Boerl.; Wedelia rechingeriana Muschl. (unresolved); Wedelia scabriuscula (DC.) Engl. ex K.Schum.; Wedelia strigulosa (Gaudich.) K.Schum.; Wedelia tiliifolia Rechinger & Muschl. (unresolved); Wollastonia canescens DC.; Wollastonia glabrata DC.; Wollastonia insularis DC.; Wollastonia scabriuscula DC. ex Decne. .; Wollastonia strigulosa DC. ex Decne. (unresolved); Wollastonia zanzibarensis DC.);
Melanthera biflora, also known as sea daisy, beach daisy and sea ox-eye, (Hindi: Bhringaraaja; Malay: Serunai laut, Pokok serunai; Fijian: Kovekove, Sekava; Maldivian: Mirihi; Samoan: Ateate; Thai: เบญจมาศน้ำเค็ม or ผักคราดทะเล; Tongan: Ate), is a species of flowering plant in the aster family. It is a scandent, rough-looking and fast-growing plant with a wide distribution.
Melanthera biflora is a moderately salt-tolerant plant found in the tropical belt of the Indo-Pacific region, including China, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Queensland, and islands of the Pacific such as Fiji, Niue, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands.
It is found commonly in islands and in coastal areas, although it sometimes occurs inland in neglected and unmanaged plantations as well as in ruderal environments. Together with Portulaca oleracea, Ipomoea pes-caprae and Digitaria ciliaris, Melanthera biflora is usually one of the first species colonizing degraded or altered environments in tropical zones of the planet.
Melanthera biflora is a hardy and somewhat woody, sprawling perennial herb or subshrub. Stems are elongate and branched; they can reach up to 2 m but will bend after reaching a certain height. It can scramble and straggle over the ground or climb leaning on other plants for support. The leaves are ovate, shortly tapering at the base. It produces small yellow flower heads with a diametre of about 8–10 mm. The fruits form a dense head.
Despite the rough appearance of the plant, the leaves are edible. In Malaysian cuisine the shoots are eaten cooked as a leaf vegetable and in Langkawi they are eaten raw with chilli and sambal shrimp paste. Leaves also have traditional medicinal uses as poultice or as decoction.
Melanthera biflora has traditionally been used as a medicinal plant in many cultures. Leaves are especially valued against stomachache. In Fiji the leaves are used to treat acne. Root extracts have anthelmintic properties and flowers can be used as a purgative.
This plant is also used as fodder for rabbits.
(From Wikipedia on 2.6.16)
Wedelia biflora : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Flowers of Wedelia biflora
Wedelia trilobata??? Tanay : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Is this plant
Wedelia trilobata ??
Found growing in a garden
Not sure, …
The leaves look different. I am uploading mine separately.
Can it be Guizotia abyssinica (but its an erect herb, cultivated for oil seeds)? or any other species of Wedelia? But certainly not Wedelia triloba.
I also dont think this is Wedellia trilobata this was growing in a garden as a creeper just like people grow W trilobata
Please explore Melanthera biflora (syn: Verbesina biflora; Wedelia biflora). Eflora of Taiwan gives 4 varieties.
looks very close to Wedelia biflora
I have also compared the photograph with
Agree with … id.
Flower for ID. : Attachments (2). 16 posts by 7 authors.
ID of this flowers please? Shot at Pattambi, Kerala – June 2010.
Could be Wedelia chinensis, but not very sure
Wedelia chinensis is the call from me too !!
Please check with Wedelia trilobata … commonly spreading weed in Tamil Nadu.
The leaves of W. trilobata are quite distinct, three-lobed with broadly winged base. I am uploading W. trilobata for reference.
Could it be Guizotia abyssinica ?
Guizotia abyssinica looks good.
I think more closer to Melanthera biflora