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Places where this species can be found :
- The Meadow, around Middle Lake - GRENADA
DescriptionCystoliths on lower side of leaf form an irregular zig-zag pattern. Stems 4-sided. Petioles winged.
InterestRuellia - honour of Jean Ruel (1474-1537), herbalist to Francois I of France. A local name 'heartbush" in the Cayman Islands refers to use of its roots in medicine for heart disease (Proctor 1984). In grenada, a tea from a shoot, pflowrs and 6-8 tubers are uised to treat colds, fevers and hypertension (Politi, 1996).
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, D.Jules
LocationThe meadow, nr. Levera. V. close to sea, open area with surface water in parts, with Montrichardia, Annona glabra, Terminalia catappa, Hura.
Notes"Gilly root". Creeper c 30cm tall. Blue flowers, 2 x 2 stamens.