Tridax procumbens Linn is a tropically distributed medicinal plant. Antimicrobial activity of aqueous and methanol extracts of this plant was investigated by agar disc and well-diffusion method against bovine mastitis causing Staphylococcus aureus strains. The plant extracts showed inhibitory activity against the tested organisms. Phytochemical screening of the plant revealed the presence of tannins, flavonoids, saponins and alkaloids. The study scientifically validates the use of this plant in traditional and ethnoveterinary medicine.
Dhanabalan, Rangasamy et al.
"In vitro Phytochemical Screening and Antibacterial Activity of Aqueous and Methanolic Leaf Extracts of Tridax procumbens Against Bovine Mastitis Isolated Staphylococcus aureus,"
Ethnobotanical Leaflets: Vol. 2008
, Article 144.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/ebl/vol2008/iss1/144