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Acmella oleracea - Toothache plant
Toothache plant is a prostrate perennial plant. The plant is often cultivated as an annual for its edible leaves in parts of the tropics, especially Brazil. It is also grown widely as an ornamental because of the attractive colourful heads.
The most important taste-active molecules present are fatty acid amides such as spilanthol, which is responsible for the trigeminal and saliva-inducing effects of products such as jambu oleoresin, a concentrated extract of the plant.
|English||Toothache Plant, Para cress|
|Simple||Oblong||Leaf Arrangement is opposite|
|Type||Size||Color and composition||Stamen||More information|
|Unisexual||2-4cm long||Pink||4-5||Heads in axillary or terminal panicles, Heads often 2 coloured, yellow and reddish-brown|
|Achene||Achenes monomorphic, upto 2 mm long, laterally compressed, ciliate at the edges. Pappus of 2 or 1 bristle or absent.||Seeds upto 5||Fruiting throughout the year|
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Prefers a sunny position. Plants have escaped from cultivation in New Caledonia, where the species is classified as 'Invasive'. There is a wild form with much stronger flavoured leaves that is occasionally used in salads but is more commonly used medicinally, especially to treat toothache .A cultivated form 'Oleracea' has milder flavoured leaves and has become very popular in Brazil both as a salad and an addition to soups.