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2009-09-05 14:16:12

Mayapple shows potential as cash crop in US A common weed called American mayapple may soon offer an alternative to an Asian cousin that's been harvested almost to extinction because of its anti-cancer properties. The near-extinct Asian plant, Podophyllyum emodi, produces podophyllotoxin, a compound used in manufacturing etoposide, the active ingredient in a drug used for treating lung and testicular cancer. Podophyllyum emodi is a cousin of the common mayapple weed found in the United...


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Rowdy lamb herb, Epimedium versicolor
2014-01-12 10:53:55

Epimedium is a genus of flowering plants. This genus belongs to the Berberidaceae family. There are around 50 species. Some common names of Epimedium are barrenwort, bishop's hat, fairy wings, horny goat weed, rowdy lamb herb, randy beef grass or yin yang huo. All species of Epimedium are herbaceous perennials. They grow from an underground rhizome. Their growth habits, however, vary greatly. While some have solitary stems, others have a "tufted" base, with multiple stems growing close...

Creeping Mahonia, Mahonia repens
2014-01-12 10:37:35

Mahonia repens is a species of plant in the Berberidaceae family. The plant may also be referred to as the Creeping mahonia, the Creeping Oregon grape, the Creeping barberry or the Prostrate barberry. This species is found in the Rocky Mountains and western areas of North America. Specifically you can find the Mahonia repens ranging from British Columbia and Alberta through Arizona and New Mexico and throughout areas of northern Mexico, California and Nevada. The species is found at...

Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina domestica
2014-01-12 10:23:00

Nandina domestica is a flowering plant. The species may also be referred to as Heavenly bamboo or Sacred bamboo. Despite its common names the species is not in fact bamboo, but an evergreen shrub. Nandina domestica belongs to the Berberidaceae family. The plant is native to eastern Asia, specifically from the Himalayas to Japan. Typically Nandina domestica plants grow up to 7 feet tall and approximately 5 feet wide. The shrub has clustered un-branched stems at its ground base. Leaves are...

Mayapple, Podophyllum peltatum
2014-01-12 08:01:32

Podophyllum peltatum is a plant species belonging to the Berberidaceae family. The species may also be referred to as Mayapple, Hogapple, Indian apple, Mayflower, Umbrella plant, Wild lemon, Wild mandrake, American mandrake or Devil’s apple. The Podophyllum peltatum is an herbaceous perennial plant, meaning its leaves and stems die down at the end of growing season but the plant as a whole typically lives longer than 2 years. The species emerges in the springtime and slowly withers later...

Himalayan Mayapple, Podophyllum hexandrum
2014-01-12 07:44:48

Podophyllum hexandrum is a plant species belonging to the Berberidaceae family. The species may also be referred to as the Himalayan mayapple or the Indian mayapple. Podophyllum hexandrum are native to the Himalayan mountain range in Asia. This particular plant species flourishes at lower elevations. Podophyllum hexandrum is a low growing plant. Its leaves may be described as drooping and lobed and they appear glossy and green in coloration. The Podophyllum hexandrum plant produces a pale...

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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.