This is a fairly small plant. The leaves grow directly from the base, are rounded and have small teeth at the edges, are usually 5 or 6 large and surround the stem.
They are born between the base sheets are very thin, have no leaves and are completely surrounded by a very stiff, coarse hairs. At the end of each of the tallit is a flower.
It is common to find this plant at the western part of Andalusia and Extremadura and the south of Portugal.
One grows in uncultivated areas on the margins of fields and olive groves near.
The period of greatest splendor of the flowers produced in late summer and autumn, ie during the months of October and November. The leaves are year-round and from May the entire plant begins to flower. The flower is yellow, consists of 6 petals and smell is very pleasant.
The whole plant is harvested for later use.
Its composition is quite unknown, it is little used in medicine.
In Spain enjoyed great fame in the Arab era as it was said that he could get women of advanced age were fertile again and could again become mothers. This virtue was attributed mainly to the many who have this plant rootlets.
In Portugal was used as a home remedy to induce menstruation, use quite in tune with the Spanish belief about their ability to enhance fertility.
Like all plants of family produces redness in the skin when there is contact with the hairs that surround it. It may even blister, so it is advisable not to touch unless it is fitted with gloves.
Their flowers are beautiful and well off a very pleasant smell, so it is sometimes used as decoration.
Juice. Mix the juice of the plant with milk. It takes a cup after each meal to induce menstruation.
Infusion. Boil 20 gr. Small plant roots for 10 minutes. Strain to remove residual root and cool. It takes three cups a day before meals and, as the story-aged women to become fertile again.
HABITAT: Uncultivated places of Andalusia
FLOWERING: End of summer
PART USED: Whole plant
CASTILIAN: Botoncillo de oro
CATALAN: Empreya velles
Fort rubefacient, Moderate Vesicant, Mild Emenagogo.
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