Wild Buckwheat – Polygonum convolvulus

Wild Buckwheat – Polygonum convolvulus Wild Buckwheat (Polygonum convolvulus) -annual with slender stems trailing on ground or twining about other plants; heart-shaped leaves with basal lobes and a small papery sheath that encircles stem at the leaf base; small green flowers. -produces up to 1,000 seeds per plant -confused with field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) which has creeping roots and trumpet-shaped…

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Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a plant species in the genus Foeniculum (treated as the sole species in the genus by most botanists). It is a member of the family Apiaceae (formerly the Umbelliferae). It is a hardy, perennial, umbelliferous herb, with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is indigenous to the shores of the Mediterranean, but…

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Clove

Clove Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world. Cloves are harvested primarily in Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The clove tree is an evergreen that grows to a…

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Chinese Gentian (Longdancao)

 Chinese Gentian (Longdancao) Chinese Gentian is the dried root and rhizome of Gentiana Manshurica Kitag.The drug is collected in spring and autumn. Pharmaceutical Name: Radix Gentianae Botanical Name: Gentiana scabra Bge. Gentiana triflora Pall. Gentiana manshurica Kitag. Common Name: Chinese Gentian Source of Earliest Record: Shennong Bencao Jing Part Used & Method for Pharmaceutical Preparations: The roots, or rhizomes, are…

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Alisma

Alisma Alisma is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alismataceae, members of which are commonly known as water-plantains. The genus consists of aquatic plants with leaves either floating or submerged, found in a variety of still water habitats around the world (nearly worldwide). The flowers are hermaphrodite, and are arranged in panicles, racemes, or umbels. Alisma flowers have…

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White Kidney Bean

White Kidney Bean White Kidney Bean is an American natural. Long known to be a highly nutritious source of fiber and minerals, it is now thought to interfere with the absorption of complex carbohydrates (pasta, breads, potatoes, etc.); and as a “starch blocker,” White Kidney Bean is said to be very helpful as a support for weight loss programs. Recent research…

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Puff Ball

Puff Ball A puffball is a member of any of several groups of fungus in the division Basidiomycota. The puffballs were previously treated as a taxonomic group called the Gasteromycetes or Gasteromycetidae, but they are now known to be a polyphyletic assemblage. The distinguishing feature of all puffballs is that they do not have an open cap with spore-bearing gills….

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