The lentibularia is an aquatic plant belonging to the family of lentibulariáceas, which is characterized as a small family of herbaceous plants with poorly developed roots or not, composed of about 400 species that live always in contact with a high degree of humidity . The lentibularia lives submerged and has leaves divided into segments that appear as fine hair. The flowers are yellow and grouped in clusters of up to twelve flowers.
It breeds primarily in shallow waters, stagnant or slow course, from the Empordà wetlands to Galicia and Portugal.
The plant flowers from May onwards, provided they are given good weather conditions. Interested harvest the whole plant, but would have to say that once interested, and who currently has the only value is historical.
The plant tissue structures called ascidians, which it uses to catch small bugs that are then digested and absorbed by the grass. These ascidians are certain enzymes responsible for digesting the poor animals that are trapped. These enzymes have an important action vulneraria and healing on wounds and is therefore used much, even became a officinal plant, ie to be included in all treaties as a sure remedy. But the problem was concerned that the plant drew many impurities in the water where he lived, with the attendant risk that this caused, because the plant is traditionally applied directly on the ulcer or wound. For this reason began to fall into oblivion, until our days, that is not used at all. However, it still continues to be included in the treaties on medicinal plants by the importance it had in its time. Nowadays other remedies are used to better and safer. Furthermore, it is a plant that plays an important role in its ecosystem, so it would be unfortunate because the man could eventually disappear, since they do not forget that not be the first time a plant become extinct due cause of man and lack of respect for our ecosystem.
As mentioned previously was used as a poultice on wounds and sores, even if these were ulcerated. Currently not recommended for use, preferably use the many other plants that Mother Nature provides.
HABITAT: Shallow waters
PART USED: Whole plant
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