Thursday, October 1, 2015

Herba Lobellae Chinensis: 半边莲

Lobelia chinensis, commonly known as the Chinese Lobelia, Herba Lobellae Chinensis, aze mushiro, and mizo kakushi, is a species of flowering plant in the family Campanulaceae. It is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it has the name (Chinese: 半边莲)
This is a small perennial herb that grows in tangled clumps from 15 centimetres (5.9 in) to 35 centimetres (14 in) long. It has a long, thin, branching stem that is olive green and green-brown crumpled narrow leaves. It has little to no odor and a sweet and pungent taste. When harvesting herbs for medical use, the ones with the greenest stems and yellower roots are preferred.

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