Pimpinella major

Botanical Name : Pimpinella major
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Pimpinella
Species: P. major
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Apiales

Synonyms :Pimpinella magna

Common Names:Greater pimpernel,Saxifrage, Greater Burnet,greater burnet-saxifrage or hollowstem burnet saxifrage

Habitat : Pimpinella major is native to Europe. It grows along the edges of woods, in marshy meadows, and in other wet places.

Description:

Pimpinella major is a herbaceous perennial plant.It reaches on average 30–100 cm (10–40 in) in height. The stem is hollow, deeply grooved, mostly glabrous,the stem bears alternate, odd-pinnate leaves on long petioles dilated at the base. It is generally branched and leafy.The leaflets are ovate and coarsely toothed, the terminal leaflet more or less 3-lobed.
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The leaves are dark green, slightly glossy, ovate or oblong, short-stalked, feathery, more or less deeply cut, and usually pointed. Basal leaves have a petiole 20–60 cm (8–20 in) long.The inflorescence has a diameter of 50–60 mm (2.0–2.4 in). The flowers, usually hermaphrodite, range from white to glowing rose or soft-pink and are gathered in umbels with 11 to 16 stalks.The small, purple or bluish flowers grow in compound umbels from June to September. The fruits are ovoid, 2–3 mm (0.08–0.1 in) long.

Medicinal Uses:
A decoction is good for a gargle of sore throat, colds, bronchitis, and inflammation of the larynx. Used as a remedy for scarlet fever, measles, and German measles. Digestive problems and flatulence responds nicely; the fresh root is used to relieve diarrhea. The tincture can be taken for heartburn.

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/Pimpinella_major
http://medicinalherbinfo.org/herbs/Pimpernel.html
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/s/saxgre28.html

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