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Medicinal Plant: Cosmos

By goGreen | November 20, 2011
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Other scientific names

Cosmos sulfureus Cav.

Common names

Cosmos (Tag., Engl.)

Botany
Annual herb growing to 60 cm tall. Leaves are opposite, pinnately cut; with narrow lanceolate lobes. Flower stalk is up to 20 cm long. Ray flowers are 8, spreading, pale to golden yellow, toothed at the marginsw; disk flowers with exerted anthers. Many introduced hybrids with flowers ranging from pink, magenta to white.

Distribution
Cultivated throughout the Philippines.

Parts utilized
Rhizomes.

Properties and constituents

Uses
Folkloric
No recorded folkloric use in the Philippines.
In Brazil, traditionally used for malaria. source
Others
• Dye: Flower yields a yellow dye with sunlight fastness when used on wool.

Studies
• Anti-Malarial: An ethnobotanical study showed Cosmos sulphureus to have activity against Plasmodium.
• Butein / Antioxidant: Butein has been isolated from Cosmos sulfureus. Butein has been reported to be a powerful antioxidant against lipid and LDL peroxidation and has also exhibited anti-inflammatory activities, aromatase inhibition, cyclooxygenase inhibition and angiotensin converting enzyme inhibition, etc. source

Availability
Cultivated.

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Source: Philippine Medicinal Plant

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