Species Details

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Beach sunflower   

Common Name: Sea daisy, Beach daisy, Sea ox-eye
Scientific Name: Wollastonia biflora
Local Name: Mirihi
Dhivehi Name: މިރިހި
Plantae  (Kingdom)
Tracheophyta  (Plylum)
Magnoliopsida  (Class)
Asterales  (Order)
Asteraceae  (Family)
Wollastonia   (Genus)

Beach sunflower's description

Beach daisy is a hardy and somewhat woody, sprawling perennial herb or subshrub. Stems are elongate and branched; they can reach up to 2 m but will bend after reaching a certain height. It can scramble and straggle over the ground or climb leaning on other plants for support. The leaves are ovate, shortly tapering at the base. Scandent shrubs; stem ribbed, sparsely hairy. Leaves opposite, 5-10 × 2.5-7 cm, ovate-acuminate, cuneate at base, margin distantly serrate, rough with appressed hairs on both sides, 3-nerved from base; petiole to 1-2 cm long. Heads 1-2 cm across, 1-3 together, heterogamous, rayed; peduncle unequal, to 5 cm long, hairy. Involucre campanulate; bracts 2-3 seriate, outer ovate-lanceolate or oblonglanceolate. Ray fl orets ligulate, 2-3 toothed, yellow; outer series of fl owers female; inner bisexual. Achene 3-4 angled, narrowed towards base, truncate at apex, slightly tubercled; pappus absent.

Beach sunflower's facts

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  • This species has medicinal uses.

Beach sunflower's Behavior & Ecology

In Maldives this plant can be fond in mostly open coastal vegetation although it sometimes occurs inland in neglected and unmanaged plantations.

Beach sunflower's Relationship with Humans

Pounded leaves are used as a poultice on cuts, ulcers, sores and varicose veins. Decoction of the roots is used in stomach ache.