The “Healthy” Tequila Plant

CBC News

Tequila has been called Mexico’s contribution to the world of alcoholic beverages. But the drink’s key ingredient might also provide a health-care breakthrough.

Mexican researchers believe the blue agave plant that produces tequila also contains compounds that could deliver drugs to the colon, making it possible to treat everything from colon cancer to colitis.
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ENTADA RHEEDII

ENTADA RHEEDII

FAMILY :: FABACEAE (LEGUMINOSAE)
Liane staub, liane sabre, m’fure m’fure, Sea Bean, African Dream Herb: A very large liana growing to more than 100 meters long bearing large, woody seedpods up to 2 meters long with a number of large, dark brown, 10 cm diameter seeds inside. These seeds have an air pocket within that allows them to float for long periods of time, ensuring their wide distribution thoughout Africa and South East Asia.

Entada rheedii beansThe seeds are used decoratively and purportedly as a dream enhancer. Supposedly the powdered seeds are smoked for this effect.

Cultivation is easy in tropical climates. Germination is easily achieved by nicking the side of the seed opposite the germ and soaking it for a day or so in water. Then, after planting about 2-5 cm deep in well-drained soil, the seeds sprout in as little as 2 weeks. The vines grow very quickly after that.

This is a new plant here for us at XPlanta and it is growing well but it will probably be a year or more before we can provide more information on the cultivation of this plant. 4 out of 5 seeds that we had obtained germinated and are doing great.

JUSTICIA PECTORALIS

JUSTICIA PECTORALIS

FAMILY :: ACANTHACEAE
A tender, aromatic, spreading ground cover to 2-3′ tall from the upper Amazon. Normally grows along sandy stream banks in rich soil. As curia, it is an aromatic additive to a Venezuelan lickable tobacco preparation called chimó. In Central America and the Carribean Islands, it is dried and snuffed or smoked along with Cannabis sativa as an aphrodisiac.