Galinsoga parviflora in Sopa de Pollo?

James H. Beach jbeach at NSF.GOV
Fri Dec 1 15:46:37 CST 1995

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Date: Fri, 1 Dec 1995 15:34:19 -0500
From: GBScott at
Subject: Galinsoga parviflora

I am attempting to determine whether a South American herb, known as guascas
or huascas in Colombia, is related to any plants in North America.  The
botanical name of guascas, as I understand it, is Galinsoga parviflora L.  Is
there a directory of some sort that would tell me (1) whether such a plant
grows in North America and (2) what its common name is?
My interest is not botanical.  Guascas is an important ingredient is ajiaco,
a chicken soup from Colombia.  My Colombian friends tell me guascas is a weed
that grows in the Andes.

Thanks for any assistance you can give me.

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