WILD PLANTS

 

Local Plant Name: Duppy Needles, Monkey Needles, Spanish Needles
Scientific Name: Bidens pilosa
Sourced from: Annalee Davis
Origin: Tropical America
Uses: – Leaf infusion used as a gargle, treatment for diabetes + colds


 

 

Local Plant Name: Lion Head, Man Piabba, Ball Bush, Hot Bush, Governor’s Ball
Scientific Name: Leonotis nepetifolia
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Africa
Uses: – Leaf infusion for stomach ache, colds + fever; applied to rashes


 

 

Local Plant Name: Pepperoni/Rock Balsam
Scientific Name: Peperomia magnoliifolia
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Tropical America
Uses: – Leaves used to make cough syrup; applied to skin eruptions + cuts


 

Local Plant Name: Gully Root
Scientific Name: Petiveria alliacea
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Subtropical / Tropical America
Uses: – Induces abortion, facilitates childbirth; used as a flu remedy; acts as an insect repellent


 

 

Local Plant Name: Motherwort
Scientific Name: Leonurus sibiricus
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Asia
Uses: – Used in the French islands in cough syrups; has sedative properties
– Increases milk for breast feeding; helps with menopause; good for the heart


 

Local Plant Name: Whitehead Bush
Scientific Name: Parthenium hysterophorus
Sourced from: Annalee Davis
Origin: Tropical America
Uses: – An abrasive to scrub wooden floors at Christmas time; can cause dermatitis yet used to treat skin disorders; leaf tea can be a remedy for colds + fever


 

 

Local Plant Name: Polycrozier, Monkey Tail
Scientific Name: Anthurium willdenowii
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Lesser Antilles
Uses: – Arthritis and rheumatism


 

 

Local Plant Name: Velvet Bush
Scientific Name: Lagascea mollis
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Tropical America


 

 

 

Local Plant Name: Garden Balsam
Scientific Name: Justicia pectoralis
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Tropical America
Uses: – Sedative or hallucinogenic properties; makes a cooling tea to treat coughs + stomach ache; leaves applied to wounds, cores or painful areas
– Gripe water; properties for shock


 

 

Local Plant Name: Wonder World
Scientific Name: Kalanchoe pinnata
Sourced from: UWI
Origin: Madagascar but in wide use
Uses: – Leaf extract for chest colds + to promote urination; leaves applied to treat swellings, skin complications + headache


 

Local Plant Name: Indian Head
Scientific Name: Asclepias curassavica
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Tropical America
Uses: – Effective but dangerous worming agent and fever reducer, potentially poisonous; crushed leaf to treat sores and ringworm; mosquito repellent prepared from the leaves
– Attracts the monarch butterfly; used for asthma and bronchitis; cleans the body


 

 

Local Plant Name: Duppy Basil, Mosquito Bush
Scientific Name: Ocimum campechianum
Sourced from: PEG Farms
Origin: Tropical America
Uses: – Culinary herb used to make a ‘cooling tea’; hung in the house to keep mosquitoes at bay


 

All information on the plants’ uses courtesy of Dr. Sean Carrington and Ras Ils.