Ephedra sinica seeds (Ma Huang, "Mormon tea")

Ephedra plants are gymnosperm shrubs in the family Ephedraceae. Ephedra occur in dry climates over a wide area mainly in the Northern Hemisphere, across southern Europe, north Africa, southwest and central Asia and southwestern North America. Ephedra is also sometimes called sea grape (from the French raisin de mer), although that is also a common name for Coccoloba uvifera. Ephedra sinica is native to China. It is also known as "Chinese Ephedra", Ma Huang. Ma Huang is used to relieve acute muscular and rheumatic pains, as a stimulant, and in the cardio tonics in Ayurveda.

Mandrake seeds (Mandragora officinarum)

Mandragora officinarum is a species of Mandragora (mandrake), which is used medicinally. The Mandrake roots, because their curious bifurcation cause them to have a semblance to the human figure, have long been used in witchcraft. It is alleged by adherents of the dark arts that when the plant is pulled from the ground, it shrieks in pain. Mandrake seeds must be kept cold for a period of some weeks (needs low temperature for Seed germination).

Ethnobotanical seeds and plants from arround the world

In the Ethnobotanicals section you find seeds from plants which have, medicinal or ritual uses. Ethnobotany is the study of the relationship between plants and people ("ethno" is the study of people and "botany" is the study of plants).


Subscribe to RSS - Ethnobotanicals