Star of Bethlehem, a native of the West Indies, is a perennial herb with poisonous milky sap. The botanical name Hippobroma means horse madness, referring. from the July 18, Newsletter issued from Hacienda Chichen Resort beside Chichén Itzá Ruins, central Yucatán, MÉXICO HIPPOBROMA LONGIFLORA’S. Hippobroma longiflora (L.) Basionym: Lobelia longiflora L. longiflora ( L.) Isotoma longiflora (L.) Laurentia longiflora (L.) Peterm.
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At first I had no idea what this might be but when I noticed how the flowers’ five grown-together anthers extended from the corolla tube and curved up a little, just like anthers of the North’s lobelia flowers, I figured it might be a Lobelia Family member.
Hippobroma longiflora – Useful Tropical Plants
Hippobroma longiflora also called Star of Bethlehem or madamfate  is a flowering plant in the Campanulaceae family. One web page advises wearing gloves when handling the plant since the sap can be absorbed into the skin and cause the above effects. The effects of nicotine and lobeline are quite similar, with psychoactive effects at small dosages and with unpleasant effects including vomiting, muscle paralysis, and trembling at higher dosages.
The Petroglyph Press, Ltd. Hippobroma longiflora is native and endemic to the West Indies, but has become lkngiflora invasive all through the American tropics and Oceania.
Presl Laurentia longiflora Endl. Views Read Edit View history. Also, a little in the eyes can cause blindness. If ingested is highly poisonus because of the presence of cardioactive alkaloids, such as the lobelanidine, that may quickly lead to death. Retrieved 15 May Very ornamental species thanks to the white scented flowers, but hippobromz the most poisonous, to be handled with extreme caution due to the presence in hippoobroma sap of substances highly irritant for contact with immediate effects, in the eyes may cause blindness and on the skin serious allergic reactions, fatal cases are reported due to prolonged contact; the use of gloves is therefore indispen- sable when handling it.
It’s been used to treat venereal diseases, asthma, bronchitis, “rheumatism,” and even epilepsy and hydrophobia. For other uses, see Star of Bethlehem disambiguation. Hippobroma longiflora was last modified: Retrieved from ” https: Articles with ‘species’ microformats Taxonbars with automatically added basionyms.
This page was last edited on 6 Septemberat Rarely utilized in minimal doses in the traditional medicine, with effects that, in some cases, have been fatal. It is endemic to the West Indiesbut has become naturalized across the American tropics and Oceania.
Small doses of the juice may have medicinal value, but too much can induce vomiting, muscle paralysis and trembling. Don is a perennial herbaceous species with erect or at times decumbent stem, little ramified, cm hippobrima, with whitish fleshy roots and milky sap, with quite unpleasant smell.
Excerpts from Jim Conrad’s Naturalist Newsletter. It is notable for its concentrations of two pyridine alkaloids: Medicinally, various cultures have learned to apply the plant to wounds to cauterize wounds and promote healing.
Retrieved 7 December The juice is rich in two well known and powerful alkaloids, nicotine and lobeline, which affect human nervous systems similarly. The Hippobroma longiflora L.
Checking genera in that family listed longlflora the Yucatan it was easy to come up with the name. February 2nd, by Giuseppe Mazza. The flowers, at the axil of the upper leaves on a 1,5 cm long peduncle, are solitary, erect, perfumed, with penta-parted calyx with ciliate and indented segments, 0, cm long, of green colour, hypocrateriform white corolla with extended lobes hippobrom to a long thin tube with cylindrical tube, cm long and of 0,4 cm of diameter, villous, and 5 elliptic to lanceolate lobes with pointed apex, 1,5 cm long and 0,5 cm broad, staminal tube that juts about 0,5 cm out from the corolla.
The leaves are simple, alternate, subsessile, elliptic to obovate-lanceolate with irregularly toothed margins and pointed apex, cm longifkora and ,5 cm broad, almost glabrous above, slightly villous below, with prominent nervations.
Hawaii’s Poisonous Plants 1 ed. It grows in the tropical and humid subtropical climate zones, where has naturalized escaping the cultivation and becoming in some cases invasive, in full sun as well as partially shaded and is not particular about the soil, even if poor.
Presl ; Laurentia longiflora L.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Just call it Hippobroma. When uprooting this weed, it is important to hippobdoma gloves: