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Thelesperma filifolium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Coreopsideae
Genus: Thelesperma

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Thelesperma is a genus of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae. Members of the genus are used by a number of the southwestern Native American tribes as a tea, as such it is sometimes called "Navajo Tea," "Hopi Tea," etc. T. megapotamicum contains luteolin.[2] It also appears that many of the species contain a very similar chromatographic profile, and thus may contain very similar profiles of flavenoids.[3] The genus is closely related to parts of Coreopsis and to certain North American Bidens species (including Bidens coronata and Bidens comosa).[4] Thelesperma species are native to western North America, South America, and Mexico.[1]

Species include:


  1. ^ a b "310. Thelesperma Lessing", Flora of North America 
  2. ^ Bruce A. Bohm, Tod F. Stuessy (2001), "Flavonoids of the sunflower family (Asteraceae)", Science 292, doi:10.1126/science.292.5520.1306a 
  3. ^ TE Melchert (1966), "Chemo-Demes of Diploid and Tetraploid Thelesperma Simplicifolium", Amer. J. Bot. 53 (10): 1015–1020, doi:10.2307/2440681, JSTOR 2440681 
  4. ^ Crawford, D. J.; Mort, M. E. (2005), "Phylogeny of Eastern North American Coreopsis (Asteraceae-Coreopsideae): insights from nuclear and plastid sequences, and comments on character evolution", American Journal of Botany 92 (2): 330, doi:10.3732/ajb.92.2.330, PMID 21652409 

External links[edit]

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