Thursday, June 21, 2007

Erva de urubu

We're seeing many erva de urubu (vulture's herb) plants at the Bosque these days. I can't find a reference under this name but that's what it's called here by local folks, who also tell me that the juice of the berry is used for treatment of skin fungus. I've tried it a few times, myself, and it seems to work. The plant is found on areas of the trail system which get some sunlight. They are also found in the more open areas of the reception center grounds. It's a real "hugger", meaning that the leaves and fruit are close to ground level.

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