Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Antidote

This is a wildflower called Velvet Bean. The creeper has now hundreds of these purple floral garlands. But beware! If you touch the creeper,  you will start scratching yourself for hours!
The velvetty, brown haired beans are even more dangerous. They are called Mad Beans in Kenya because of their scratchiness.
 The vine has completely covered a roadside tree.
The plant has many medicinal uses in Ayurveda and Siddha forms of medicine. Its leaves are used for treating cobra bite, as well as Parkinson's disease.
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8 comments:

  1. That is so interesting. The plants do look harmless enough. That's where local knowledge is invaluable - for the medicinal uses too.

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  2. That is so interesting. The plants do look harmless enough. That's where local knowledge is invaluable - for the medicinal uses too.

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  3. Oh, yes! Such an interesting and beautiful post!! Thank you, as always, for sharing it with us!! I do hope your week is going well!!

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  4. Kind of like getting into a patch of nettles. - Margy

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  5. oh....it look like butterfly pea vine! Luckily butterfly pea is very friendly! hahahha...

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  6. I'm interested in the medical use of this plant and others. I'm guessing their mostly used at home. This one is very pretty.

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  7. The flowers look so lovely. One who is unfamiliar with this plant might, indeed, suffer if he, unknowingly, collected a bouquet!!

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