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Poinsettia: CHRISTMAS FLOWER

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Scientific names: Euphorbia pulcherrima Willd. Poinsettia pulcherrima Grah. Common names: Pascuas (Span., Tag.) Flor de noche buena (Span.) Rosas de pascua (Span.) Easter flower  (Engl.) Lobster plant  (Engl.) Painted leaf  (Engl.) Mexican flame leaf  (Engl.) Poinsettia (Engl.) Christmas flower Poinsettia (Engl.) Christmas plant (Engl.) Botany Pascuas is an erect, sparingly, and laxly branched shrub, 2 [...]

Medicinal Plant: Tekla

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Botany An erect, large, deciduous tree growing up to 20 meters or more. Branchlets are 4-angled. Leaves are large, elliptic or obovate, 20 to 30 cm long, pointed at both ends, usually wedge-shaped at the base, with entire margins, the upper surface rough and without hairs and the lower surface densely covered with grey or [...]

Medicinal Plant: Chico (Achras sapota Linn.)

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Botany A very branched tree, growing to a height of 8 meters. Leaves are oblong to narrowly oblong-obovate, 8 to 13 cm in length, pointede at both ends. Flowers are hairy outside, 8 mm long and 6-parted. Fruit is brown, fleshy, ovoid to round, 3-8 cm long, containing 5 or more shiny brown-black seeds. Fleshy [...]

Medicinal Plant: Pansit-pansitan/Sinaw-sinaw

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Scientific Name: Peperomia pellucida Linn. Other scientific names: Peperomia bilineata Miq., Peperomia hymenophylla Miq., Peperomia pellucida Linn., Piper pellucida Linn., Micropiper pellucidum Miq., Micropiper tenellum Klotz Common names: Ikmo-ikmohan, Olasiman-ihalas (C. Bis.), Sahica-puti (Tag.), Sida-sida, Sinaw-sinaw, Tagulinaw, Tangon-tangon, Ulasiman bato, Ulasimang bato, Clear weed (Engl.), Shiny bush (Engl.), Silver bush (Engl.), Cao hu jiao (Chin.) [...]

Medicinal Plant: Sampaguita

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Scientific name: Jasminum sambac Linn. Other Scientific names: Jasminum blancoi Hasak. Nyctanthes sambac Linn. Constituents Tannins, fats, silicon, iron, glucosides, calcium oxalate, essential oil from the flowers is similar to jasmin (Jasminum grandiflores) Phytochemical study yielded alkaloids, glycoside, flavanoid, terpines, tannin, resin and salicylic acid. From the roots, study yielded: dotriacontanoic acid, dotriacontanol, oleanolic acid, [...]

Health Benefits of Lemon Grass/Tanglad

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Tanglad or lemon grass is a commercially-viable plant that is cultivated mainly for the fragrance that it produces. It can be easily found in most Asian countries, and is widely cultivated in tropical areas. By nature, tanglad is a permanent or perennial plant, and the benefits of which are not restricted to its fragrance. The [...]

Medicinal Plant: Lemon Balm

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Botanical name: Melissa officinalis Classification Kingdom : Plantae Unranked : Angiosperms Unranked : Eudicots Unranked : Asterids Order : Lamiales Family : Lamiaceae Genus : Mellisa Species : M.officinalis History: Lemon balm is also called bee balm, sweet balm and is popular to Mediterranean and English gardens. Lemon balm leaves gives a strong pungent lemony [...]

Panyawan/Guduchi

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Plant Description Known by the common name Guduchi, Panyawan is an herbaceous vine of the family Menispermaceae indigenous to the tropical areas of India,Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It is a climbing shrub typically growing in deciduous and dry forests, leaves are heart shaped, succulent bark is creamy white to grey in color, with deep clefts [...]

Medicinal Plant: Pako/Fiddlehead

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Pako is widely distributed in the Philippines, being a characteristic plant on gravel bars and banks of streams. It is found from India to Polynesia. The rootstocks are stout. The wiry roots are often gathered and sold in Manila as “osmunda roots” for growing orchids, particularly Cattleyas. The stipes are green and somewhat smooth, 20 to 50 centimeters long. The fronds are 2- or 3-pinnate, 50 [...]

Medicinal Plant: Caimito (Chrysophyllum cainito)

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Botany A tree with a spreading crown, growing to a height of 15 meters with numerous slender branches. Young tips are copper-collored and covered with hairs. Leaves are leathery, pointed at the tip, blunt or rounded at the base and covered with silky, golden-brown soft hairs. The flowers are purplish-white, small and clustered in the [...]

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