Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Amaranth Family Plant: Cockscomb (Celosia cristata L.)

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This is a medicinal plant that grows wild on the terrace above the house in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta, Indonesia, in between the water tank.

Flowers of this amaranth family plant can be used to treat:
- bleeding, such as nosebleeds (epistaxis), coughing up blood (haemoptysis), vomiting blood (hematemesis), bloody urine (hematuria), bleeding hemorrhoids, uterine bleeding,
- dysentery, diarrhea,
- blurred vision, red eye,
- urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, and vaginal discharge (leukorea).

Common Names
English: Cockscomb, Crested Cock's Comb, Coxcomb
Indonesian: Jengger Ayam
Chinese: Ji guan hua
Czech: nevadlec hřebenitý
Philippine: Palong-manok
Slovak: plamenník hrebenitý

Classification of Medicinal plant: Cockscomb (Celosia cristata L.)
Kingdom Plantae Haeckel, 1866 - plants
Phylum Magnoliophyta - Sinnott, 1935 Ex Cavalier-Smith, 1998 - Flowering Plants
Class Magnoliopsida Brongniart, 1843 - dicotyledons
(unranked) eudicots
(unranked) core eudicots
Order Caryophyllales Perleb, 1826
Family Amaranthaceae Adanson, 1763 ex A.L. de Jussieu, 1789, nom. cons. - amaranth family
Genus Celosia L. - cock's comb
Species Celosia cristata L.
Celosia argentea cristata (L.) Kuntze
Celosia argentea f. cristata (L.) Kuntze
Celosia argentea Linnaeus var. cristata (Linnaeus) Kuntze
Celosia argentea var. cristata (L.) Kuntze

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Photos of Cockscomb (Celosia cristata L.) flowers were taken using a camera phone, Sony Ericsson K800i, in Pasar Rebo, East Jakarta, Indonesia.

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