Thursday, June 8, 2017

Abrus Precatorius

Common names / local names: crab's eye,  rosary pea, Indian licorice, saga rambat, wild licorice, cock's eye, coral bead, prayer bead, jequirity, John Crow bead
Family : Fabaceae
Genus : Abrus

Abrus precatorius is native to Southeast Asia  but now can be found in subtropical areas. The name Abrus, meaning beautiful or graceful, is used to describe the appearance of the seed.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Platycladus orientalis

Platycladus orientalis ,  20 ft tall

Platycladus orientalis ,  5 ft tall

Common names : chinese arborvitae, bai zi ren, biota
Family : Cupressaceae
Ganus : Platycladus
Other name : Oriental arborvitae

Platycladus orientalis ( previously known as biota or thuja orientalis) is an evergreen slow-growing coniferous tree native to Korea and China. The tree was introduced to elsewhere in Asia as an ornamental tree. Platycladus is also used as a chinese traditional herbal medicine. The leaves are used to treat coughs, chronic bronchitis, asthma, excessive mucus secretion, etc.