Sunday, November 24, 2019

Plant Story: the Passionflowers, Passiflora

Amazing, peculiar flowers

passion vine, Passiflora species

The passionflowers, also called passion vines and passion fruit, genus Passiflora (passionflower family, Passifloraceae) include about 625 species, all but a couple dozen native to the Americas.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Reading Chinese Medicine Ingredients

peony flower

The Chinese herbal supplement lists as an ingredient "Radix Alba Paeoniae." It doesn't look like a standard botanical term and a Google search is confusing.

The ingredients of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be puzzling, but there is a system to it. This post is about interpreting Chinese medicinal ingredients. 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Plant Story--Chicory, Roadside Blue

chicory flowers

You see chicory on the roadside during the morning commute, a splash of bright blue. Coming home, you don't notice it. When you think about it, the blue flowers aren't generally out in the fields either.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Plant Common Names--Rules and Customs

Solanum lycopersicum, tomato
tomato, Solanum lycopersicum
The scientific community has given every plant a single scientific name, written as if it were in Latin (link). But mostly people call plants by a common name, one in the local language. Many--if not most--common names are unlike the scientific name.
apple tree, Malus domestica
apple tree, Malus domestica