Brassica Sp – Black Mustard

Brassica Sp - Black Mustard

– FAMILY: Brassicaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: The flowers are elongating racemes with an adjusted cluster at the end of the stem and maturing seed capsules along the stem below. The yellow blossoms are around 1/3 inch across, the four petals are oval to round, wide at the tip with a thin tapered base on a short stalk. Behind the flower are 4 narrow yellow sepals. Leaves are variable. Lower leaves are over to 10 inches long and 4 inches wide, with a wide rounded lobe at the tip with…

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Scilla maritima – Squill

Scilla maritima - Squill

– FAMILY: Liliaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: Scilla maritima – Squill grows from a large bulb which can be up to 20 cm wide and weigh 1 kg. A few bulbs may grow in a clump and are generally just underneath the surface of the soil. In the spring, every bulb creates a rosette of around ten leaves each up to a meter long. They are dark green and leathery in texture. They die away by fall, when the bulb produces a tall, narrow raceme of flowers. This inflorescence can…

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Datura Stramonium – Thorn Apple

Datura Stramonium - Thorn Apple

– FAMILY: Solanaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: Datura Stramonium is a rank-noticing, erect, shaggy annual herb, 0.5 to 2 meters tall with glabrous, green to purplish, strong stems. The roots might be shallow and broadly expanded, yet in a few soils a strong. In the seedling stage, the primary leaves are ovate with pointed tips and few or no lobes. In later stages the leaves, which have an obnoxious odor when squashed, are alternate, ovate to extensively triangular, glabrous, unevenly toothed, 5-25 cm long, 4-25 cm wide, on a petiole…

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Nicotiana Tabacum – Tabaco

Nicotiana Tabacum - Tabaco

– FAMILY: Solanaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: Tobacco, Nicotiana tabacum, is an herbaceous annual or perennial plant in the family Solanaceae grown for its leaves. The tobacco plant has a thick, hairy stem and large, simple leaves which are oval in shape. The tobacco plant produces white, cream, pink or red flowers which grow in large clusters, are tubular in appearance and can reach (3.5 – 5.5 cm)  in length. Tobacco may reach (1.2 – 1.8 m) in height and as is usually grown as an annual, surviving only one…

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Hyoscyamus aureus – Henbane

Hyoscyamus aureus - Henbane

– FAMILY: Solanaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: Known as the henbanes – is a little genus of blooming plants in the nightshade. It involves 11 species, all of which are toxic. It, alongside other genera in the same family, is a source of the drug hyoscyamine (daturine). It is a biennial/perennial, growing to 0.6 m (2ft).  The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs). It prefers dry or moist soil. Known Hazards All parts of the plant are very toxic. Symptoms of poisoning include impaired vision, convulsions, coma and…

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Melilotus Officinalis – Melilot

Melilotus Officinalis - Melilot

– FAMILY: Fabaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: This annual or biennial plant is 2-7 feet high. Bigger plants branch as often as possible and are fairly bushy in appearance, while shorter plants are less spread and rather lanky. The stems are generally pretty much erect, albeit some of the time they sprawl over the ground. They are glabrous, wrinkled, and angular; at times the lower stems are ribbed light red. The terminal leaflet has a short petiolule (stalk at its base), while the lateral leaflets are almost sessile. there are…

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Berberis vulgaris – Barberry

Berberis vulgaris - Barberry

– FAMILY: Berberidaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: Berberis vulgaris, also called regular barberry, European barberry or simply barberry, is a shrub in the genus Berberis. It produces edible yet strongly acidic berries, which people in numerous nations eat as a tart and refreshing fruit. It is a deciduous shrub growing up to 4 meters (13 ft) high. The leaves are little oval, (2–5 cm) long and (1–2 cm) wide, with a serrated edge; they are borne in bunches of 2-5 together, subtended by a three-stretched spine 3–8 mm long. The…

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Home remedies to get rid of head lice

Home remedies for Head Lice

In this post, we will identify 6 Home remedies to get rid of head lice. Though head lice infestation can occur in anyone irrespective of age or gender, it is most common among children ages three to 14. It spreads easily from one person to another through contact with contaminated hair, brushes, combs, clothing or bedding. Common symptoms of head lice are a feeling that something is crawling on the head, an itchy scalp and sometimes red bumps on the scalp. (1) Here are 10 Home Remedies to get rid of…

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Adonis Vernalis – Yellow pheasant’s Eye

Adonis Vernalis - Yellow pheasant's Eye

– FAMILY: Ranunculaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: It is a Perennial herbaceous plant reaching up to 30 cm in height. The stem is branching, and the leaves many-cleft and sessile. The flowers are large, yellow, and attractive, with 10 or 12 oblong, spreading petals, slightly toothed at the apex. The fruit consists of numerous 1-sided acheniae. It can be found in eastern South Europe and into Russia. Naturalized in north-eastern United States. Found on sunny grassy hills on dry calcareous soils. A rare plant in most of its range, it…

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Allium cepa – Onion

Allium cepa - Onion

– FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae   – PLANT DESCRIPTION: Allium cepa, the onion (also called bulb onion or common onion) and the shallot (A. cepa var. aggregatum), is a monocot bulbous perennial (often biannual). It is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium, which includes other important species such as garlic (A. sativum) and leeks (A. ampeloprasum). The name “wild onion” is applied to various Alliums. Allium species are among the oldest cultivated crops. Diverse representations in Egyptian artifacts dating to 2700 B.C. (1) Onions are widely used on cooking in…

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