( Cosmos cavanilles )
Compositae ( Sunflower )
Western cultures may be familiar
with cosmos as an ornamental flower belonging to the sunflower family. It
grows throughout the world, including the rain forests of the Amazon.
Marigolds, zinnias, daisies, asters, and chrysanthemums also belong to this
genus of plants.
Flavonoids, phenolic compounds,
fatty acids ( seeds ), alkaloids, ethereal oils, triterpenes,
sesquiterpenoids, diterpenoids, saponins, sterols caretenoids, cetylenes,
polyenes, thiophens, and amides
Traditional rain forest use
The Tikunas used crushed cosmos
leaves as analgesic poultices for contusions and serious bruises. Other
plant species belonging to this family have been used by the Korans who
burned the leaves and used the ashes for skin blemishes and sores.
Modern medicinal applications
None to date