Gynura procumbens or, more commonly known as longevity spinach or longevity greens. This is an edible plant and its leaves are lanceolate and can be up to eight centimeters long and 3.5 centimeters wide. The plant grows in the wilderness but it is also cultivated as a medicinal plant or a vegetable. The flowering heads of the plant are narrow and yellow and between 1 to 1.5 centimeters long.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Asterales
- Family: Asteraceae
- Tribe: Senecioneae
- Genus: Gynura
- Species: G. procumbens
- Binomial name: Gynura procumbens
- The plant of Gynura procumbens is commonly mistaken for the Japanese plant Ashitaba. Both of the plants have medicinal values but Ashitaba has much stronger healing properties.
- The plant has been used as a cure for diabetes for more than a decade in some regions of Africa.