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Echinacea, genus Echinacea(noun)
small genus of North American coarse perennial herbs
Any of several plants, of genus Echinacea, having pinkish-purple flowers.
A herbal medicine extracted from the roots and seeds of such plants.
Origin: From scientific Latin Echinacea, from ἐχῖνος (because of the soft "spines" in the centre of the flower) .
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A genus of perennial herbs used topically and internally. It contains echinacoside, GLYCOSIDES; INULIN; isobutyl amides, resin, and SESQUITERPENES.
Echinacea /ˌɛkɨˈneɪʃⁱə/ is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family. The Echinacea genus has nine species, which are commonly called purple coneflowers. They are found only in eastern and central North America, where they are found growing in moist to dry prairies and open wooded areas. They have large, showy heads of composite flowers, blooming from early to late summer. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἐχῖνος, meaning "sea urchin," due to the spiny central disk. These flowering plants and their parts have different uses. Some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers. Echinacea purpurea is used in folk medicine. Two of the species, E. tennesseensis and E. laevigata, are listed in the United States as endangered species. Echinacea angustifolia – Narrow-leaf Coneflower Echinacea atrorubens – Topeka Purple Coneflower Echinacea laevigata – Smooth Coneflower, Smooth Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida – Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea paradoxa – Yellow Coneflower, Bush's Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea – Purple Coneflower, Eastern Purple Coneflower Echinacea sanguinea – Sanguine purple Coneflower
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