this hairy buddy is easily spotted along the way from the peak to aberdeen. it simply catches my eye because of the slender pale purple petals almost like dancing out from the dark green globlet.
it is native to south and south-west of china, and also india. both civilization use elephant foot as medicinal herb. locally it is used in the herbal tea “24 herbs”.
地膽草Scabrous Elephant-foot Herb (Elephantopus scaber Linn.)
kingdom: plantae植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms (flowering plant) /被子植物門 magnoliophyta | (unranked): eudicots / 雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | (unranked): asterids菊類植物 | order: asterales菊目 | family: asteraceae菊科 | genus: elephantopus地膽草屬 | species: e. scaber地膽草
- 地膽頭 scabrous elephant-foot herb – 性味： 味苦、辛，性寒; 功效：清熱，涼血，解毒利濕。《中藥標本數據庫 (香港浸會大學中醫藥學院)》
- elephant foot is a rather coarse, rigid, erect, hairy herb 30 to 60 cm high. stems forked, and stiff. leaves are mostly in basal rosette and oblong-ovate to oblong-lancelike, 10-25 cm in length and often very much notched on the margins. those on the stem few and much smaller. purple flowers are 8-10 mm long. each head comprises about 4 flowers. flowering heads borne in clusters at the end of the branches and usually enclosed by 3 leaf-like bracts which are ovate to oblong-ovate, 1 to 1.5 cm long, and heart-shaped at the base. the flowering heads many-crowded in each cluster. fruits are achenes, ribbed. pappus from 4 to 6 mm long with rigid ristles. flowers of india