47 - ASSA PEIXE BRANCO
Vernonia polyanthes Less. (ASTERACEAE)
47- Assa-peixe branco - Vernonia polyanthes Less. (ASTERACEAE)
Shrub or grove, erect, little branched, rhizomatous, with stems covered with grayish feathers, up to 3 m high. Leaves simple, rough on the top and hairy on the bottom, pointed, long, serrated margin, 10 to 24 cm x 3 cm. The flowers are gathered in small chapters, arranged in panicles at the tips of the branches, in white color and without great ornamental value.
Distribution: Midwest, Southeast and South. It is easy to multiply and occurs in forest borders, as well as in cerrado.
Situation in São Paulo: It has an invasive behavior and is easily found in vacant lots, parks and roadsides.
How to plant:
Uses: In addition to being used in folk medicine for respiratory problems, it is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and healing. It is considered edible - try its young and tender leaves breaded and breaded fried, its crunchiness reminiscent of the texture of a fried fish, like a lambari or manjubinha. It can be used in regeneration projects, acting as a pioneer and being highly sought after by bees.
KINUPP, VF; LORENZI, H. NON-CONVENTIONAL FOOD PLANTS (PANC) IN BRAZIL: IDENTIFICATION GUIDE, NUTRITIONAL ASPECTS AND ILLUSTRATED REVENUE. 2014.
TEMPONI, V. S ET AL. CHEMICAL RESEARCH AND PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES OF VERNONIA POLYANTHES LESS. MASTERS DISSERTATION. JUIZ DE FORA FEDERAL UNIVERSITY. 2012.