pulcherrima (L.) Sw.
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Places where this species can be found :
- Mt. Hartman Estate - GRENADA
- Barra de la Cruz - HUGHESFRP
- Chiquimula - HUGHESFRP
InterestWidely cultivated as an ornamental, especially in hedges. Supposedly Neotropical, it was in the garens of India by 1690 (Burkill, 1935). In Grenada and othjer parts of the world the crushed flowers are said to induce abortions (Politi, 1996), and there are toehr medicinal uses. 1583 De Plantis libri by Andrea Cesalpino became the greatest botanical book of the 16th century and the first general text to supersede ancient writings. In the preceding 2000 years, little had been added to our knowledge about plants. Like his predecessors, Cesalpino accepted anecdotal information, but he advanced plant study with his own contributions in many areas, particularly in his grouping of plants by their physical characteristics (morphology) rather than by their supposed medicinal properties. (HNT) Cesalpino was a student of Luca Ghini [See 1533; 1543.] The bean genus Caesalpinia was named for him.
LocationIn secondart vegetation, at mouth of St. John's river near bridge, sea and stadium.