Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Simple Butterwort

Butterwort or Simple butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris) is a carnivorous plant in the Lentibulariaceae (Lentibulariaceae). The plant is in large parts of Europe and in Russia, Canada and the United States. This species belongs with Pinguicula alpina Pinguicula grandiflora the best known European species in their genus. They are hardy and able to altitudes above 1000 m prevented. The flowering period is in May and June. In the Netherlands the species is rare.

It can grow 13 to 16 inches high and has a generally purple flower of 15 millimeters or more.

The three known species are very similar and are difficult to distinguish: they are all relatively small and have light green, oval leaves with a curled edge. They are always on nutrient poor, moist soils, usually in swamps. Glands on their leaves, they contain a sweet, sticky substance separation. This substance serves to attract insects and when they stick out, roll the leaf up and they are digested.

In folk medicine the plant for centuries a widely used medicinal herb. A tincture of the leaves would help to nervousness. It was also used to combat hair loss.

The enzymes from the leaves were formerly used in Norway called "tettmelk ', or milk fat, to make. The Norwegian name is therefore "Tettegras.

Source: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vetblad

See also: International Flower Delivery, Florist

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