Botanical Name: Xanthoparmelia scabrosa
Species: X. scabrosa
*Parmelia scabrosa Taylor (1847)
*Parmelia conspersa var. hypoclystoides Müll.Arg. (1883)
*Parmelia subexasperata Gyeln. (1931)
Common Names: Sexy footpath lichen or Sexy pavement lichen
Habitat: Xanthoparmelia scabrosa is common in Australia and New Zealand, also occurring on Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Argentina, South Africa and Japan. In New Zealand it grows abundantly on roads and footpaths, ordinarily an inhospitable environment for lichens.
Xanthoparmelia scabrosa has a thallus that is foliose (leafy in appearance). The upper surface is yellow-green, while the lower surface is pale to dark brown.
Xanthoparmelia scabrosa has been marketed as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. It is used as well as to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac). It is also used for cancer. Products containing xanthoparmelia are often marketed for sexual enhancement. But many scientists do not recommend this use. While the lichen contains a PDE5 inhibitor, which may inhibit an enzyme responsible for impotence, the same substance may itself be toxic. The lichen is also high in toxic heavy metals.
Xanthoparmelia Scabrosa is generally safe, but it is potent and should be utilized with care. This product is for dietary use. If side-effects occur, discontinue use immediately! The above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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