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Published In: Ukrayins’kyi Botanichnyi Zhurnal, n.s. 59(4): 382. 2002. (Ukrayins’k. Bot. Zhurn., n.s.) Name publication detail

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1. Dysphania ambrosioides (L.) Mosyakin & Clemants, Ukrainsk. Bot. Zhurn. 59(4): 382 (2002). Bas.: Chenopodium ambrosioides L., Sp. Pl.: 219 (1753). Lectotype: Habitat in Mexico, Lusitania, leg. Anon, Herb. Linn. 313.13 (LINN). [Plate 197] 

Common name:

 Mexican Tea; Indian Goosfoot; כף-אווז ריחנית.


Hab.: Roadsides and waste disposal sites. Coastal Galilee, Acco Plain, Sharon Plain, Philistean Plain, Mt. Carmel, Esdraelon Plain, Samaria, Shefela, Judean Mts., N. & W. Negev, Upper and Lower Jordan Valleys, Dead Sea Valley, Golan, [Mt. Hermon]. 

Area distribution:

 Pluriregional; origin Trop. America. 


Used in folk medicine, mainly as a vermifuge. In India essential oil is extracted from this plant. Leaves used as condiment in soups (S America).

D. anthelmintica (L.) Mosyakin & Clemants is sometimes separated from D. ambrosioides having short bracts equaling the flower’s clusters, and mostly vertical seed embryo. These plants are spreading now in Southern Europe and might be encountered in our area.


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Annual or short-living perennial, velvety and finely puberulent, bearing glandular hairs, aromatic, 25-120 cm. Stems more or less erect, branching. Leaves short-petioled, oblong to lanceolate, mostly sinuate-dentate, upper leaves entire or nearly so, all with yellowish glands on lower surface. Flowers in dense clusters, forming elongated spike-like bracteose inflorescence. Perianth about 1.5 mm., completely enclosing fruit; tepals 4-5, united at base to their middle, not keeled. Stamens 4-5. Pericarp rather thin, with glandular hairs at upper part. Seeds mostly horizontal, glossy. Fl. March-October (December).

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