Emilia sonchifolia

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Emilia sonchifolia
Emilia sonchifolia 4.jpg
lilac tasselflower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Emilia
Species: E. sonchifolia
Binomial name
Emilia sonchifolia
(L.) DC. ex Wight

Emilia sonchifolia, also known as lilac tasselflower or cupid's shaving brush is flowering plant in the genus Emilia and from the family Asteraceae.[3]

Medicnal uses[edit]

It is a medicinal herb in Chinese, called ye xia hong (Chinese: 葉下紅). It is one among the "Ten Sacred Flowers of Kerala State in India, collectively known as Dasapushpam.


Emilia sonchifolia contains tumorigenic pyrrolizidine alkaloids.[4]



  1. ^ "Emilia sonchifolia record n° 95932". African Plants Database. South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and Tela Botanica. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  2. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". 
  3. ^ Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "PLANTS Profile, Emilia sonchifolia". The PLANTS Database. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2008-05-21. 
  4. ^ Fu, P.P., Yang, Y.C., Xia, Q., Chou, M.C., Cui, Y.Y., Lin G., "Pyrrolizidine alkaloids-tumorigenic components in Chinese herbal medicines and dietary supplements", Journal of Food and Drug Analysis, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2002, pp. 198-211 [1]

External links[edit]

Media related to Emilia sonchifolia at Wikimedia Commons Data related to Emilia sonchifolia at Wikispecies