Plants of Paies

The healing plants unit in SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany was launched with a walk into the local pharmacy of Paies. All of the plants encountered are listed in the current edition of the ethnobotany course companion textbook on line, perhaps except the Asplenium pectinata.

After a stop at the two varieties of Premna obtusifolia, Psidium guava, and Glochidion ramiflorum, the class headed into Paies. A stop was made at Plectranthus scutellarioides.

 Most conveniently, Clidemia hirta growing next to Melastoma malabathricum var. marianum. Clidemia hirta on the left, Melastoma malabathricum var. marianum on the right.

Melastoma malabathricum var. marianum blossoming.

Headed up the road towards a stand that combines Scaevola taccada, Premna obtusifolia, and Glochidion ramiflorum. A sharp eye in the class spotted Lycopodiella cernua in amongst the Dicranopteris linearis and Ischaemum polystachyum.

Asplenium pectinata, once known as Humata banksii. Nice pectoral fins on this fern!

Yet to be identified by me local tree.

Colocasia esculenta alongside the road. A member of genus Croton is in front of the Colocasia esculenta

A brief rain shower, a necessary occurrence on this walk, ended as time to take the role call occurred.


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