Tridax procumbens

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Tridax procumbens
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Heliantheae
Genus: Tridax
Species: T. procumbens
Binomial name
Tridax procumbens

Tridax procumbens, commonly known as coatbuttons[1] or tridax daisy, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. It is best known as a widespread weed and pest plant. It is native to the tropical Americas, but it has been introduced to tropical, subtropical, and mild temperate regions worldwide. It is listed as a noxious weed in the United States and has pest status in nine states.[2]

Common names[edit]

Its common names include coatbuttons and tridax daisy in English, jayanthi in Kannada, cadillo chisaca in Spanish, herbe caille in French, jayanti veda in Sanskrit, ghamra in Hindi, bishalya karani (ବିଶଲ୍ୟକରଣୀ) in Oriya, kambarmodi in Marathi, gayapaaku (గాయపాకు) & gaddi chemanthi (గడ్డి చామంతి) in Telugu,vettukaaya poondu or kinatruppasan (கிணற்றுப்பாசான்) in Tamil,[3] kotobukigiku in Japanese and tīn túkkæ (ตีนตุ๊กแก; "gecko feet") in Thai.[4]


Top view of the flower

The plant bears daisylike yellow-centered white or yellow flowers with three-toothed ray florets. The leaves are toothed and generally arrowhead-shaped. Its fruit is a hard achene covered with stiff hairs and having a feathery, plumelike white pappus at one end. Calyx is represented by scales or reduced to pappus. The plant is invasive in part because it produces so many of these achenes, up to 1500 per plant, and each achene can catch the wind in its pappus and be carried some distance. This plant can be found in fields, meadows, croplands, disturbed areas, lawns, and roadsides in areas with tropical or semi-tropical climates.[citation needed] It is listed in the United States as a Noxious Weed and regulated under the Federal Noxious Weed Act.[citation needed]

Tridax procumbens

Use in traditional medicine[edit]

Traditionally, Tridax procumbens has been in use in India for wound healing and as an anticoagulant, antifungal, and insect repellent.[citation needed] The juice extracted from the leaves is directly applied on wounds. Its leaf extracts were used for infectious skin diseases in folk medicines. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine for liver disorders, hepatoprotection, gastritis, and heartburn.[5] Tridax procumbens is also used as treatment for boils, blisters, and cuts by local healers in parts of India.[6]


Tridax procumbens has been studied for several potential therapeutic properties including antiviral, antioxidant, antibiotic, wound healing, insecticidal, and anti-inflammatory activities in in vitro studies and animal models.[7] A study by Gamboa-Leon (2014)[8] showed that a mixture of Tridax procumbens and Allium sativum extracts was a promising treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis. The mixture of Tridax procumbens and A. sativum extracts was better at controlling Leishmania mexicana infection while not being toxic when tested in the acute oral toxicity assay in mice.[citation needed]

Whole plant ethanolic extract of Tridax procumbens showed significant anti-arthritic effect, antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic effects in rats using the Freund's Complete Adjuvant (FCA) model[9] and streptozotocin-induced diabetic model.[10]

A study had found in vitro cytotoxic properties of Tridax procumbens extracts against human prostate epithelial cancer cell line PC 3.[11]

Chemical constituents[edit]

The flavonoid procumbenetin has been isolated from the aerial parts of Tridax procumbens. Other chemical compounds isolated from the plant include alkyl esters, sterols,[8] pentacyclic triterpenes,[8][9] fatty acids,[12] and polysaccharides.[13]



  1. ^ "Tridax procumbens". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Tridax procumbens L. at the Encyclopedia of Life
  3. ^ Saxena, V. K.; Albert, Sosanna (2005). "Β-Sitosterol-3-O-β-D-xylopyranoside from the flowers of Tridax procumbens Linn". Journal of Chemical Sciences. 117 (3): 263–6. doi:10.1007/BF02709296. 
  4. ^ "ตีนตุ๊กแก" (in Thai). qsbg. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ Wani, Minal; Pande, Snehal; More, Nitin (2010). "Callus induction studies in Tridax procumbens L." (PDF). International Journal of Biotechnology Applications. 2 (1): 11–4. doi:10.9735/0975-2943.2.1.11-14. 
  6. ^ Nallella, Sreeramulu; Suthari, Sateesh; Ragan, A; Raju, Vatsavaya S (2013). "Ethno-botanico-medicine for common human ailments in Nalgonda and Warangal districts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, India". Annals of Plant Sciences. 2 (7): 220–9. 
  7. ^ Suseela, L.; Sarsvathy, A.; Brindha, P. (2002). "Pharmacognostic studies on Tridax procumbens L.(Asteraceae)". Journal of Phytological Research. 15 (2): 141–7. 
  8. ^ a b c Gamboa-Leon, Rubi; Vera-Ku, Marina; Peraza-Sanchez, Sergio R.; Ku-Chulim, Carlos; Horta-Baas, Aurelio; Rosado-Vallado, Miguel (2014). "Antileishmanial activity of a mixture of Tridax procumbensand Allium sativumin mice". Parasite. 21: 15. doi:10.1051/parasite/2014016. PMC 3980668Freely accessible. PMID 24717526. 
  9. ^ a b Petchi, Rramesh; Vijaya, C; Parasuraman, S (2013). "Anti-arthritic activity of ethanolic extract of Tridax procumbens (Linn.) in Sprague Dawley rats". Pharmacognosy Research. 5 (2): 113–7. doi:10.4103/0974-8490.110541. PMC 3685759Freely accessible. PMID 23798886. 
  10. ^ Petchi, Rameshr; Parasuraman, S; Vijaya, C (2013). "Antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic effects of an ethanolic extract of the whole plant of Tridax procumbens (Linn.) in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats". Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy. 4 (4): 88–92. doi:10.4103/0976-0105.121655. PMC 3979266Freely accessible. PMID 24808679. 
  11. ^ Priya, PV; Radhika, K; Kumar, SR; Ramchandra, SM; Devi, PY; Rao, AS (2011). "Evaluation of Anti-Cancer Activity of Tridax procumbens flower extracts on PC 3 Cell Lines" (PDF). Pharmanest. 2 (1): 28–30. 
  12. ^ Ali, Mohammed; Ravinder, Earla; Ramachandram, Ramidi (2001). "A new flavonoid from the aerial parts of Tridax procumbens". Fitoterapia. 72 (3): 313–5. doi:10.1016/S0367-326X(00)00296-3. PMID 11295316. 
  13. ^ Pathak, A.K; Saraf, S; Dixit, VK (1991). "Hair growth promoting activity of Tridax procumbens". Fitoterapia. 62: 307–13. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Everitt, J.H.; Lonard, R.L.; Little, C.R. (2007). Weeds in South Texas and Northern Mexico. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press. ISBN 0896726142. 

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