This plant usually reaches a height not exceeding one inch. It is a small plant that is quite thick strain. The plant consists of many different sized stems that are covered with enough leaves, these leaves are very narrow, with little more than 0.5 mm. Width and a length which can range from 3 to 10 mm. Are fleshy, smooth-as entirely without hair, the shape is rounded at the tip and are directly attached to the stems.
The coris grows mainly on limestone soils of the entire peninsula and the Balearics. It is close to the oaks and among bushes and rocky hillsides. However, it is rare to find that in counties north central or siliceous.
The flowering season depends largely on the area where the plant is located. They begin to bloom in March, but this period may be deferred until early July in some regions.
The flowers have a purple or pink and are formed by a bell-shaped calyx that is divided into 5 triangular teeth at the top. These teeth have a reddish color and they go out spines that form a crown. These spikes are juniors and are spread all over the chalice: three in the rear, two in front and three on each side. The corolla is one piece and the stamens are usually five, of unequal size and yellow and orange anthers.
The fruit is a small capsule that is stored in the cup. In principle we can say that is tasteless, but to chew it produces itching in the throat.
The part used of this plant is the root, so no need to wait to pick it flourish.
Until a few years ago this plant is popularly used against syphilis. Today is a medicine used to induce vomiting. The part that makes it act as an emetic is the root. But be careful with this effect and use the plant only in extreme cases very dangerous to become accustomed to since the very continuous vomiting can lead to digestive diseases and problems of anemia and malnutrition. If the plant is reduced to a fine powder can be sprinkled on sores or wounds to accelerate wound healing with it.
Sometimes plant can be used as a diuretic and is believed even that is able to counteract the calculations and stones in the body. This may be largely due to its astringent properties, which causes tissue to contract relieving pain can produce a calculation.
Cook. Heat a pan with water and add the plant so that it is diluted to 2%. It takes a cup of this preparation every morning before breakfast.
HABITAT: Limestone soils
PART USED: Root
CASTILIAN: Hierba pincel
CATALAN: Pinell, farigola borda
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