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Althaea officinalis, marshmallow plant

Althaea officinalis, marshmallow plant
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Copyright: Tanja Almazan (sily) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-19
Categories: Flowers
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-31 14:41
Viewed: 20718
Points: 10
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Althaea is a genus of 6-12 species of perennial herbs, including the marshmallow plant from whence the confection got its name, native to Europe and western Asia. They are found on the banks of rivers and in salt marshes, preferring moist, sandy soils. The stems grow to 1-2 m tall, and flower in mid summer. The leaves are palmately lobed with 3-7 lobes. Althaea species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Bucculatrix quadrigemina.
The leaves, flowers and the root of A. officinalis (marshmallow) all have medicinal properties. The leaves, which are collected in summer as the plant begins to flower, have demulcent, expectorant, diuretic, and emollient properties. It is generally used in ailments of the lungs and the urinary systems, specifically in urethritis and kidney stones. The root, which is harvested in late autumn, has demulcent, diuretic, emollient, and vulnerary properties. It is generally used for digestive and skin problems, specifically inflammations of the mouth, gastritis, peptic ulcer, enteritis and colitis. It increases the flow of breast milk and soothes the bronchial tubes. It has been used to treat constipation as well as irritable bowel syndrome. Externally the root is used in treating varicose veins, ulcers, abscesses, and boils. The root extract is used to make a middle eastern snack called halva.

Theme: Herbs used in medicine

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Salut Tanja
Elle est splendide cette photo en macro de cette belle fleur. Les couleurs sont superbes et les détails sont nets, très bon travail , félicitations
Merci et au revoir...JP

Bonita flor, agradables sus colores y el fondo que los resalta. Una nota informativa de lo más interesante Tanja.
Muchos saludos, JL.

Hi Tanja, beautiful flower, with splendid details, very good photo and very interesting note, ciao Silvio

excellente photo et très bons détails de cette magnifique fleur
bo travail
félicitations et merci du partage

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-03 7:31]

Hi Tanja.
Excellent reproduction of this beautiful flower. Nice details and delicate colours, perfect BG and very good lighting. Deep, impressive shadows and well composition. TFS and my best wishes.

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