Flame flower

Benefits of Flame flower Image by Forest Starr & Kim Starr / CC BY 3.0 Flame flower (Pyrostegia venusta) belongs to Bignoniaceae family. The plant goes by many names, including flower vine, flame vine, flaming trumpet vine, golden shower, orange trumpet creeper and venusta vine. It is a climbing shrub the usually blooms in winter and spring with spectacular reddish- orange flowers. The plant is native to southern Brazil, northern Argentina and Paraguay. In Philippines, it grows well in Baguio area. Properties like antimicrobial, antioxidant, tonic and vulnerary is present in the plant. It is used medicinally and the parts used are roots and flowers. The plant is traditionally as a medicine in Iracambi and Brazil. It is used a tonic and antidiuretic, also for diarrhea, dysentery and common diseases of the respiratory tract. Read More

Fishtail fern

Benefits of Fishtail fern Image by Dick Culbert / CC BY-SA 2.0 Fishtail fern (Nephrolepis biserrata) is commonly known as sword fern or forked sword fern. The plant belongs to Nephrolepidaceae/Oleandraceae family. It is widely cultivated in Philippine gardens. Parts that are used for medicinal purposes are leaves and roots. These parts are considered to have properties that are antimicrobial, hepatoprotective and antioxidant. Boiled leaves can also be eaten as vegetable, while roots are pounded to make flour. In other countries, the plant is used for skin disorders, for blisters, boils, abscesses and sores. And leaves are used for treatment of wounds and cuts. Also, a decoction of fronds is used for lower abdominal pains. Read More

False pimpernel

Benefits of False pimpernel Image by Dinesh Valke / CC BY-SA 2.0 False pimpernel (Lindernia crustacean) belongs to the family Linderniaceae. It is also known as Malaysian false pimpernel, brittle false pimpernel or round-fruited lindernia. The plant is described as an erect annual to short-lived perennial plant. It is found in a wide range of wetland and some non-wetland habitats. In the Philippines, it grows in open places, rice paddies, and disturbed soil, at low and medium altitudes. Also occurs in tropical and subtropical regions from India through Asia and Polynesia. A decoction of the leaf is applied topically to boils and itches, herpes-like sores. Powdered herb is mixed with rice and water and drunk to relieve diarrhea, vomiting and cholera. It is also used as a decoction after childbirth in Malays. Read More

Fire tree

Benefits of Fire tree Image by WikiImages / CC0 1.0 Fire tree (Delonix regia) belongs to the Leguminosae/Fabaceae family. It goes by many names, including Flamboyant tree, flame tree, peacock flower and royal Poinciana. Fire tree is a fast growing tree and one of the most widely cultivated ornamental plants in the world. It was introduced to the Philippines during the early Spanish period. Medicinally, flowers, leaves, stems and bark are used. Properties like antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti- diarrhea, hepatoprotective and anti-inflammatory are found. In Bangladesh, it is traditionally used as a treatment for diabetes. Read More