Thursday, April 5, 2012

Crown of Thorns

Corona de Espina, Euphorbia milli Desmoul, Crown of Thorns

Consisting of around 300 genera and 7,500 species, Euphorbia, sometimes known as spurges, is one of the most diverse genera in the plant kingdom.  This specie of Euphorbia is a native of Madagascar, and widely cultivated in the Philippines.  A few years ago, there was a craze of collecting Euphorbias in every color. My aunt and her friends traveled all over looking for Euphorbias.

Popularly used in South Brazil with "dragon's blood", the red latex from Christ's Crown of Thorns is used as treatment for warts.  In Chinese folk medicine, Euphorbia compounds are used in cancer treatment.

In a study of 41 plants tested against E. Coli, Shigella spp (a bacteria that causes dysentery) and Vibrios spp (a bacteria causes foodborne disease) among others, Euphorbia milli was one of the 28 that showed anti-bacterial activity.  Dry flower powder of Euphorbia milli was found to have 100% total inhibition of Aspergillus (a fungi, mold species).  The crude latex of Euphorbia milli is a potent plant molluscicide (pesticides against molluscs to control snails, slugs)  and a promising alternative to synthetic molluscicide used in schistosomiasis (also known as snail fever, a chronic parasitic disease) control.


 




19 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

The Crown of Thorns is such a delightful shade of pink! Love the touch rain droplets on the leaves! Beautiful photos!

Libby Rodriguez said...

I love your crown of thorn photos! The way that the water beads up on the leaves is really interesting and pretty too :)

guild-rez said...

Beautiful captured flowers and rain drops.
Just lovely...

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by as another Floral Friday Foto participant, what beautiful compositions.

Modern Mom said...

Beautiful shots Luna!

Pink Tulips

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

They're beautiful -- I can see how they could become an obsession.

Maia said...

Lovely red flowers.
I wonder why did you leave your link in the comment and not in the Macro Flowers Saturday list?
Do you have problems linking up?

NixBlog said...

Great post, very interesting text and lovely photos. Have a Happy Easter!

Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos!

Carletta said...

Beautiful shots and wonderful info as always!
I love the perspective you achieved in the last one.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Wonderful! Best wishes!

Jama said...

Lovely flowers!

Ann said...

how good if it can cure cancer.

Jaime Clark said...

Fabulous flower to choose for this weekend. You photos are stunning.

Jaime Clark said...

Hi Luna, I have chosen your blog for the Liebster Blog Award:

http://photosbyjaime-throughglasseyes.blogspot.com/2012/04/touch-sky.html

Rajesh said...

Very pretty bunch of flowers.

Betty Roan said...

Crown of thorns is more of a crown of glory. Beautiful!

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Euphorbias may be varied, beautiful and useful, but if the sap gets in your eyes or even on your skin, watch out! I don't use them in the garden for that reason. But so pretty!

Lui said...

I love Euphorbia too. You captured them well!

Eden said...

Beautiful flowers.