Monday, April 25, 2011

Amarillo - Halamang Gamot / Herbal Medicine

Scientific name: Tagetes erecta Linn
English: Marigold
Tagalog: Amarillo

 A rather coarse, erect, glabrous branched, rank-smelling annual herb, 0.4 to 1 m high. Leaves: 4 to 11 cm long, very deeply pinnatifid, the lobe lanceolate, coarsely and sharply toothed, 1 to 2.5 cm long. Flowers: heads solitary, long-peduncled, the peduncle thickened upward, 2.5 to 3.5 cm long, 2 to 4 cm in diameter, the involucre green. Ray flowers 1-seriate, female, the ligule entire or 2-toothed, short or long; disk flowers, perfect, regular, tubular limb usually somewhat enlarged, 5-fid, flowers pale to deep yellow. Fruits: achenes, linear, narrowed below, compressed or angled, 6 to 7 mm long.

Ornamental cultivation throughout most of Philippines,
Spontaneous and naturalized in some localities.
Flowering all year.
Parts utilized
Collect from October to January.
Tonic, emmenagogue, disperses contusions.
Anemia,Irregular menstruation, abdominal pain during menstrual period, Rheumatic muscular and bone pain.