Little pearls on Euphorbia heterophylla

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J.M. Garg

Sep 5, 2009, 3:39:12 AM9/5/09
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Little pearls on a Euphorbia heterophylla (Painted Euphorbia, Desert Poinsettia) leaf.
What makes water drops stay for long like this? Is it the pubescence of the leaves?
On 29/8/09 at 8.12 hrs. in a Park in Hyderabad.
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Pankaj Oudhia

Sep 5, 2009, 3:47:44 AM9/5/09
Garg ji,

Rain drops specially first rain drops collected from leaves of this
species are used for stomach related troubles in Traditional Healing.
It is given empty stomach to patients having old problem of
constipation. Also used in tens of other traditional formulations.

Related Link

Traditional Medicinal Knowledge about First Rain Water collected from
different species and its uses in Indian state Chhattisgarh.

Pankaj Oudhia

J.M. Garg

Sep 5, 2009, 8:11:07 AM9/5/09
to Pankaj Oudhia,
Here is a reply from Katie ji:
"It may, as you suggest, be the pubescence of the leaves added to the high atmospheric humidity which prevents their evaporation.  Also, since the leaves of Euphorbia are full of turgid cells, the water does not get absorbed by osmosis, as would otherwise happen if the leaves were not so turgid.

2009/9/5 Pankaj Oudhia <>
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