Nicandra physaloides

Botanical Name : Nicandra physaloides
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicandra    Schreb.
Species: N. physalodes
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Solanales

Common Name : Apple of Peru and shoo-fly plant.

Habitat : Nicandra physaloides is native to Peru, and it is known elsewhere as an introduced species and sometimes a weed.

Description:
Nicandra physaloids is a weedy annual plant.  It  grows  to 1 metre tall and are vigorous with spreading branches and ovate, mid-green, toothed and waved leaves. The flowers are bell-shaped and 5 centimeters or more across, pale violet with white throats. The flower becomes lantern-like towards the end of its bloom. The plant is thought to have insect repellent properties.

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 The genus is named for Greek poet Nicander, who wrote about plants

Medicinal Uses:   The seeds are used in Tibetan medicine, they are said to have an acrid taste and a cooling, very poisonous potency. Regular use increases bodily vigor. They are used in the treatment of contagious disorders, toothache, intestinal pain from worms and impotence.  In Mexico, the leaves are smoked as a remedy for asthma.  An infusion of the leaves is sometimes used to ease the pains of childbirth.  Has reputed aphrodisiac qualities.

Other Uses:
It is also kept as an ornamental plant.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicandra_physaloides
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_RST.htm

http://luirig.altervista.org/flora/nicandra.htm

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