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Medicinal Plant: Alusiman (Portulaca olearacea L)

By pinoyfarmer | March 12, 2011
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Portulaca, common name for a family of plants in the pink order, comprising a small, widespread group of more or less succulent herbs and subshrubs, with concentrations of species along the Pacific coast of North America and in southern Africa, and for its representative genus. About 21 genera and 400 species make up this family. The leaves are opposite or alternate and bear stipules (appendages, usually leaf-like, at the leaf base) that are often modified into membranous scales or hairs. The usually small flowers characteristically have only two green sepals, four to six petals and stamens, and a single ovary borne above and free from the other floral parts. The common purslane has long been used as a pot-herb and in salads. Several other species are used as ornamentals.

· Annual, prostrate or spreading, succulent, branched, smooth, often purplish herb, with the stems 10 to 50 cm long. Nodes without appendages.
· Leaves: fleshy, flat, oblong-obovate, 2.5 cm long with obtuse apex and wedge-shaped base.
· Flowers: 5-merous, comprise yellow, stalkless, axillary and terminal few-flowered heads. Heads solitary or cymose with compressed buds. Flowers with five yellow petals which are about as long as the sepals and notched at the tip. Flowers open only for a few hours in the morning.
· Fruits: capsules which dehisce horizontally containing many minute, dark brown, heart-shaped seeds.

Properties and constituents
Considered antihemorrhagic, antipyretic, diuretic, vulnerary, antiscorbic, refrigerant, tonic, febrifuge, anthelmintic.
Contains large amounts of l-norepinephrine, a neurohormone with vasopressor and antihypotensive activities.
High in nutrients, including vitamins (A, B, B2, C, niacinamide, nicotinic acid, a-tocopherol, B-carotene), minerals, fatty acids (esp omega-3), glutathione, glutamic acid and aspartic acid. Also contains flavonoids, aklaloids, saponins and urea.
Leaves are used for poulticing tumors, bad wounds and ulcers; also for blennorhagia and leucorrhea.
Leaf poultice is anti-hemorrhagic.
Seeds in decoction is an excellent diuretic.

A very common weed found throughout the Philippines in settled areas.

Parts utilized

Used as a vegetable component in salads. Excellent source of calcium and iron; also, vitamin C and ash.


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One Response to “Medicinal Plant: Alusiman (Portulaca olearacea L)”

  1. namiel Says:
    September 6th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    do you know where i can buy this kind of plant?