Saturday, March 17, 2012

Asystasia

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Asystasia intrusa, Asystasia gangetica Linn., Purple Primrose, Zamboangenita

Found this small, branching herb at a village in Laguna.  We considered this as a weed when I was growing up but now it is cultivated as an ornamental plant.  This plant is used in folk medicine---leaves and flowers are used as intestinal astringent; in Africa, infusion of Asystasia is used to ease the pain during childbirth, asthma is treated with leaves and sap is applied to swellings and rheumatism.  It is also edible is some countries.  Source

@ mirandablue

Oh, the powers of nature!  She knows what we need, and the doctors know nothing. ~ Benvenuto Cellini

11 comments:

Ann said...

nice, am sure I have seen them. Got frangipani like your header today. I felt embarassed going to people's front driveway to take the photo.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful flower.

Regards and best wishes

Cheryl said...

It looks like it has a sweet aroma too.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful little flower. It is much to pretty to be just a weed. Thanks for the info on its medicinal properties.

Maia said...

Lovely purple flowers.

Carletta said...

It's a beautiful flower! I can't call it a weed. :)
Your last shot is so lovely!!! It would make a lovely greeting card.

Carver said...

Those are beautiful flowers. I like these shots so much.

Eden said...

Beautiful blooms. Love the colour.

lina@women's perspectives said...

Lovely flowers, lovely shots.
Have a great week, Luna :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

How interesting! I guess whether it's a weed or flower is in the eyes of the beholder! I'd definitely vote for flower -- it's beautiful.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful flowers!
Wish you a wonderful day.
Mette