Biennial herb with an erect leafy stem often much-branching towards top, arising from small persistent rosette. Triangular leaves arranged oppositely decreasing in size up the stem. Multiple flat-faced flowers about 1 cm across, five pinkish-lavender petals, on stalks from stem and tangling with leaves. Flowers that open only in fine weather and not after mid-day.
Prepared as medicinal tea for patients with gastric and liver diseases. A powerful antioxidant. The Aboriginal people in Tasmania used the leaves of Centurium spicatum for treatment of bilious headaches and haemorrhoids.
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What habitats does Centaurium erythraea live in?
Naturalised through eastern Australia. Widespread, especially in pastures. Listed as threatened in Tas
What is the distribution of Centaurium erythraea?
It is native to the Mediterranean area. Now considered natrilised through out Australia
How big does Centaurium erythraea grow?
Can Grow to around 50 cm high
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