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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 is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The echinacea genus has nine species, which are commonly called coneflowers. They are endemic to 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 purposes. Some species are cultivated in gardens for their showy flowers, and some are traditionally used to treat and prevent common cold, flu, and other infections. Echinacea purpurea is commonly used medicinally. Two of the nine species, E. tennesseensis and E. laevigata, are listed in the United States as endangered species.
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