Centipeda minima

Botanical Name Centipeda minima
Common Name Nakchhikni
Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Centipeda
Species: minima
Part used Leaves, Seeds
Medicinal Properties Anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, sunscreen and cell renewal.
Medicinal Use Skin disorders including relief of itching, dry skin from proriasis.
ChemistryAntibacterial sesquiterpene lactones, indentified as 6-O-methylacrylplenolin, 6-O-iso-butyroylplenolin, 6-O-angeloylplenolin.
Cultivation NA
Regional HabitatFrequently found along nalas in moist and shady places. Distribution: Dungarpur, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Bhilwara, and Kota districts of Rajasthan.
DescriptionThis is a prostrate or ascending slender, leafy herb, somewhat wooly or nearly smooth, with numerous branches spreading from the root, and 8-20cm long. The leaves are oblong-obovate to oblanceolate, are 1cm long or less. The achenes are about 1mm long. Flowers and fruits appears during October-April.