(Asteraceae) Elephantopus mollis Kunth

Local name(s): ຄີ ໄພ ນົກ ຂຸ້ມ (khee fai nok khoum)

Medicinal use(s): Treatment for cough and liver disease.

Part(s) used: root

Field characters: Herb on open patch of forest edge, flowerheads green, soon turning brown on drying, flowers white. Common.

Locality: Xieng Khoang Province, Kham District, Kham Medicinal Biodiversity Preserve, 15 km from Kham town. Ba Tha village.

Habitat: Broadleaved evergreen submontane forest. Edge of forest along stream.

Altitude: 1130 m asl

Collector(s): D.D. Soejarto, K. Sydara, M. Xayvue

Collection number(s): DDS 14991

Collection date: May 17, 2014

Additional information:

Voucher specimen is in deposit at the Field Museum (F) Herbarium, Chicago, USA under accession no. 2313864.

Synonyms, images, taxonomic description:

Plants of the World online

Useful references:

Kabiru, A. & Por, L.Y. Elephantopus Species: Traditional Uses, Pharmacological Actions and Chemical Composition. Adv. Life Sci. Tech. 2013; vol. 15.
Li, H. et al. EM23, a natural sesquiterpene lactone from Elephantopus mollis, induces apoptosis in human myeloid leukemia cells through thioredoxin- and reactive oxygen species-mediated signaling pathways. Front. Pharmacol. 2016; 29 March.
Ooi, K.L. et al. Cytotoxic and Apoptotic Effects of Ethyl Acetate Extract of Elephantopus mollis Kunth. in Human Liver Carcinoma HepG2 Cells Through Caspase-3 Activation. Integr Cancer Ther. 2014; 13(3):NP1-9