Porophyllum caesium Greene
Porophyllum cedrense Rose & Standl. ex Rydb.
Porophyllum confertum Greene
Porophyllum junciforme Greene
Porophyllum leucospermum Greene
Porophyllum nodosum M.E.Jones
Porophyllum ochroleucum Rydb.
Porophyllum pinifolium Rydb.
Porophyllum putidum A.Nelson
Porophyllum vaseyi Greene
Porophyllum gracile is an erect to sub-erect, little to much-branched, perennial plant with stems that can become more or less woody and persist; it can growi 20 - 70cm tall[
The plant is harvested fom the wild for local use as a medicine.
Southwestern N. America - Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas, northern Mexico, including Baja California.
Sandy, gravelly, and rocky sites (usually granitic) with desert scrub; at elevations from 200 - 2,100 metres[
Porpphyllum gracile is one of the most variable species of the genus. It occupies the widest range of ecological habitats for a member of the section Hunteria and probably for the genus. In addition it occurs in not only the driest areas (rainfall of less than 130mm a year) but also the coldest areas occupied by a species of Porophyllum[
Grows best in a sunny position in a well-drained soil.
The aromatic oils, which are contained largely in the pores or glands that are especially plentiful on the leaves, produce a strong odour when the foliage is bruised, broken, or heated. Cures, real or fancied, that are attributed to various species of Porophyllum are probably largely due to either the soothing properties of the oils or the imagination by the patient that anything that is so odoriferous must be beneficial[
A root decoction (occasionally the stems and leaves), is used as a regulator of delayed menstruation[
The plant is used in the treatment of intestinal disorders[
]. A decoction of the pounded plant is taken to relieve the ache of rheumatic joints and other pains[
A decoction of the pounded plant is applied as a liniment to the body and used as a wash on sores[
Leaves, stems, or roots are generally heated in water to make a strong tea which is taken internally or applied externally[