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Category: Medicines - plant based



Introduction and description

Decachaeta is a genus of plants belonging to the Asteraceae family. It comprises 11 species described and of these, only 8 accepted.  It is native to Mexico.

Plants of this genus have a single disc (without floral rays) and the petals are white, slightly yellowish white, pink or purple (never a complete yellow color) .

The genus was described by Augustin Pyrame de Candolle and published in Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 5: 133. 1836.  The type species is: Decachaeta haenkeana DC.

Below is a list of the species of the Decachaeta genus accepted until June 2012, arranged alphabetically. For each one, the binomial name followed by the author is indicated, abbreviated according to the conventions and uses.

  • ·         Decachaeta haenkeana DC.
  • ·         Decachaeta incompta (DC.) R.M.King & H.Rob.
  • ·         Decachaeta ovandensis (Grashoff & Beaman) R.M.King & H.Rob.
  • ·         Decachaeta ovatifolia (DC.) R.M.King & H.Rob.
  • ·         Decachaeta perornata (Klatt) R.M.King & H.Rob.
  • ·         Decachaeta pyramidalis (B.L.Rob.) "S.D.Sundb., C.P.Cowan & B.L.Turner"
  • ·         Decachaeta scabrella (B.L.Rob.) R.M.King & H.Rob.
  • ·         Decachaeta thieleana (Klatt ex Klatt) R.M.King & H.Rob.


Medicinally there have been studies indicating the plant has anti-parasitic properties – see the observations.

References and further reading

  • D.J.N.Hind & H.E.Robinson. 2007. Tribe Eupatorieae In: The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants vol.VIII. (Joachim W.Kadereit & Charles Jeffrey, volume editors. Klaus Kubitzky, general editor)..
  • Asteraceae tribe Eupatorieae». Flora of North America (Vol. 21 Page 456, 459.
  • «Decachaeta». Tropicos.org. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Turner, B. L. 1997. The Comps of Mexico: A systematic account of the family Asteraceae, vol. 1 -- Eupatorieae. Phytologia Mem. 11: i–272.
  • Studies in the Eupatorieae (Compositae). XVI. A Monograph on the Genus Decachaeta DC.  R. M. King, Brittonia, Vol. 21, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1969), pp. 275-284
  • NOMENCLATURAL AND TAXONOMIC NOTES ON MEXICAN COMPOSITAE  Rogers McVaugh, Rhodora, Vol. 74, No. 800 (December, 1972), pp. 495-516

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