Silene capensis – African Dream Root

Silene capensis – African Dream Root
FAMILY: Caryophyllaceae GENUS: Silene SPECIES: Capensis COMMON NAMES: African Dream Root, Undlela Ziimhlophe (White Ways/Paths), Ubulawu Silene capensis is a plant native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  It is regarded by the Xhosa people as a sacred plant. It is...

Acorus calamus – Sweet Flag

Acorus calamus – Sweet Flag
FAMILY: Arum GENUS: Acorus SPECIES: Calamus COMMON NAMES: Calamus, Sweet Flag, Ajil-i-turki (Persian), Akoron (Greek), Bajegida (Kannada), Bhadra (Sanskrit), Bojho (Nepali), Ch’ang (Chinese), Erba di Venere (Italian, ‘plant of Venus’), Flagroot,...

Mitragyna speciosa – Kratom

Mitragyna speciosa – Kratom
FAMILY: Rubiaceae GENUS: Mitragyna SPECIES: Speciosa COMMON NAMES: Kratom, Biak, Katawn, Mabog, Mitragyne, Ithang, Kakuan, Thom Mitragyna speciosa is a tropical tree native to parts of the Southeast Asian peninsula (Thailand and Malaysia), Borneo, and New Guinea. The...

Cestrum parqui – Willow-Leafed Jessamine

Cestrum parqui – Willow-Leafed Jessamine
FAMILY: Solanaceae GENUS: Cestrum SPECIES: Parqui COMMON NAMES: Alhuelahuen, Chilenischer Hammerstrauch, Duraznillo Negro, Green Cestrum, Hediondilla (‘stinking’), Paipalquen, Palqui, Willow-Leafed Jessamine, Yerba Santa Cestrum parqui is a bush with...

Agave americana – Agave

Agave americana – Agave
FAMILY: Agavaceae GENUS: Agave SPECIES: Americana, Mescal, Salmiana, etc. COMMON NAMES: Agaves, Mezcal Plants, Century Plant, Chupalla, Maguey, Pita Most species of agave, particularly those used for food and beverages, are hardy plants with thick roots and fleshy...