This bunch of prostrate pasture weed (Cyathula Prostrata) were low lying in the shade of some oil palm trees of an oil palm plantation I visited for some morning nature photography. I was not particularly attracted to them except for how some of its lanky stems were catching the morning sun light amid the spread of billygoat-weed (ageratum conyzoides) purplish buds. Took a few shots but didn’t give them much thought until now while spring cleaning one of my image disks. I quite like this particular low-key image of the plant and did some research to find out what they are for this post, and surprise surprise, what I thought was an undesirable and invasive weed is actually a plant highly valued for its varied medicinal properties …
The prostrate pasture weed is an annual to perennial plant with prostrate or erect stems growing from a long taproot to 30-60cm tall. Widespread in the Asian and African tropics, the plant is often harvested from the wild as a source of food (leaves are cooked and eaten as a vegetable), medicine and soap! Often used in traditional medicine, different parts of the plant and its associated preparation serves as an expectorant, mild laxative, antiseptic, haemostatic, abortifacient; for the treatment of coughs, headache, fever, dysentery, rheumatism, dropsy, sores, burns, wounds, scabies, skin ailments (shingles).
What an amazing plant! reminds me of the coconut tree, another plant of many uses.
Photo: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200mm