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Useful Temperate Plants

Bidens biternata

(Lour.) Merr. & Sherff

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Bidens cylindrica Sherff

Bidens kotschyi Sch.Bip.

Bidens laciniata Sch.Bip. ex Schweinf. & Asch.

Bidens lasiocarpa O.E.Schulz

Bidens mayebarai Kitam.

Bidens peduncularis Gaudich.

Bidens pilosa abyssinica (Sch.Bip. ex Walp.) Fiori

Bidens pilosa chinensis L.

Bidens pilosa glabrata (Vatke) Vatke ex Engl.

Bidens pilosa quadriseta (Hochst. ex Oliv. & Hiern) Schweinf. ex Engl.

Bidens quadriseta Hochst. ex Oliv. & Hiern

Bidens robertianifolia H.Lév. & Vaniot

Bidens wallichii bimensis Miq.

Coreopsis biternata Lour.

Common Name:

Bidens biternata
Leaves
Photograph by: J.M.Garg
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Bidens biternata Bidens biternata

General Information

Bidens biternata is an erect, annual plant that can grow up to 150cm tall, occasionally to 200cm[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

58
Title
Flora of Japan. (English translation)
Publication
 
Author
Ohwi. G.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.

Range

Widely distributed in tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and Australia.

Habitat

A wide variety of habitats including wasteland, amongst scrub, fields, gardens, roadsides, thickets, teak forest, wet places and along watercourses; at elevations up to 2,300 metres[
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Title
Flora of Japan. (English translation)
Publication
 
Author
Ohwi. G.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
The standard work. Brilliant, but not for the casual reader.
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145
Title
Forest Flora of Srinagar.
Publication
 
Author
Singh. Dr. G. and Kachroo. Prof. Dr. P.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1976
ISBN
-
Description
A good flora of the western Himalayas but poorly illustrated. Some information on plant uses.
,
310
Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height1.20 m
PollinatorsBees, Hoverflies
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Bidens biternata is a very widespread plant, growing wild in the temperate regions of eastern China, through to the subtropical and tropical regions of Africa, Asia and the Pacific. It is adventive in temperate regions of western Europe.
Members of this genus generally succeed in any moderately fertile moisture-retentive soil in full sun[
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Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The leaf juice is used to treat eye and ear affections[
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Title
Flowers of India
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http://www.flowersofindia.net/
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A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
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The rubbed leaves are applied to skin affections in general, as a haemostatic on wounds, and wrapped around the umbilical cord of babies[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
,
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
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The seeds are applied as an anthelmintic in animals[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://proseanet.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but, assuming it to be perennial, suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the spring. Surface-sow or only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to dry out. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
If the plant is an annual then a mid-spring sowing in situ is best.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2024-05-26. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Bidens+biternata>

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