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Gynura segetum - (Lour.)Merr.

Common Name
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Fertile and moist grassy areas, small shrub thickets by ditches and streams[147].
Range E. Asia - China.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Gynura segetum

Gynura segetum


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Physical Characteristics

Gynura segetum is a PERENNIAL. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Anticoagulant  Depurative  Febrifuge  Styptic

Anticoagulant, depurative, febrifuge and styptic[147]. Stimulates the circulation[147].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Not known

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Seed -

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Mrs Aretha Christie Maagdenberg   Sat Jul 10 03:56:33 2004

this plant is good to for people that have cancer, I n Indonesia we call that plant " God leaf" cos that plant can destroy many kind of illness. We are the Indonesia people make research about that plant too. I have that plant at my parent's home in Jakarta, but now I live in New Zealand....that plant very difficult to get:(

Mulyono Suyoso   Mon Feb 14 05:35:03 2005

Chemical characteristic and pharmacologic effect : Neutral, spesific taste, blood anti-coagulant, stop bleeding, anti toxin, antipiretic, alternative medicine for cancer patient with significant result. Contain : saponin, astiri oil, flavonoid. 30 gram of fresh leaves, boiled with 500 cc water, until you get 200 cc. Drink 3 times daily. Local name : "Daun Dewa". I have many in my backyard.

cinthia bolton   Tue Mar 4 2008

I would like to order some of this for my father because he has cancer. where and how can i order this.I have heard so much about this plant.My aunt lives in Indonesia and said this is the god of all plants for medicinal purposes.I live in richmond bc canada and have a difficult time finding this plant.Please help me.In need.

Mulyono Suyoso   Mon Mar 16 2009

Cinthia Bolton, I will give you for free as many as you want. Please advise how to deliver to you.

   Jul 28 2011 12:00AM

Recent publications from the Chinese University of Hong Kong have shown that Gynura segetum contains pyrrozolidine alkaloids, which cause serious liver damage in humans and animals. In the ill people they have seen, Gynura segetum has been mistaken for Sedum aizoon, a harmless source of the Chinese medicine 'Tusanqi'. It does not appear safe to recommend G. segetum as a medicine. See: Lin, Ge et al. Hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome associated with consumption of Gynura segetum. [Review] Journal of Hepatology. 54(4):666-73, 2011 Apr. Some of the earlier publications on this hazard were in Chinese, and overlooked outide China.

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