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It looks like Laurentia longiflora.
--- On Wed, 2/4/09, Pravin Kawale <kawale...@gmail.com> wrote:
On 2/5/09, Vidya Rao <vidyalov...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all
> Havent been active on this group from the time i joinined.. I thought it is
> high time i start interacting with all the interesting people with love for
> plants here.
> Its been ages i have been replying with name to the pictures posted.
> Happy Plant watching
> Dear Pravin
> The name of the plant is *Hippobroma* *longiflora* ( L. ) G.Don
> Family : Campanulaceae
> Laurentia longiflora is a synonym
> Vidya Rao
> Junior Research Fellow,
> School for Ecology and Conservation,
> University of Agricultural Sciences, BANGLORE
> & Botanical Survey of India, Kolkata.
The new name of Laurentia longiflora / Hippobroma longiflora is Solenopsis longiflora.
--- On Fri, 2/6/09, Pravin Kawale <kawale...@gmail.com> wrote:
Hippobroma longiflora (also called "Star of Bethlehem", not to be confused with other species by that name) is a flowering plant in the Campanulaceae family. It is endemic to the West Indies, but has become naturalized across the American tropics and Oceania.
It is notable for its concentrations of two pyridine alkaloids: lobeline and nicotine. 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. For this reason, H. longiflora (and its various synonyms) is often referenced for both its toxicity and its ethnobotanical uses.
When pulling this weed, it is important to wear gloves: the sap is an irritant which can be absorbed through the skin, and a small amount of sap in the eyes can cause blindness.
Sorry got the spelling of the new name of Laurentia longiflora/ Hippobroma longiflora wrong. It is Solenopteris longiflora.
--- On Sun, 2/8/09, J.M. Garg <jmg...@gmail.com> wrote: