The Glaucio is a biennial herb. Its root is very thick and the stem can reach three feet tall. This stem is smooth and light green, is coated with wax that can be removed easily. Its leaves are of two types: those in the base of the plant form a pink and measure up to a foot, are divided into segments, light green and are rough because of the abundant hair that is in the bottom . The stem leaves are also green and hairy, but its branches are less deep. This herb grows in the sands of the sea areas of the peninsula.
The Glaucio flowering begins in May and lasts through the summer. The flowers are borne in the axils of upper leaves in isolation. They can reach six cm. In diameter and are formed by four yellow petals folded and wrinkled. The cup has two sepals that emerge when the flower opens. In the center of the flower is the pistil of yellow stamens surrounded by orange hue.
The fruit is very long pod that can reach 25 cm in length. This result, once formed, it opens in two leaflets containing numerous seeds gray. The most used are the leaves, although the entire plant is harvested when it's cool.
The Glaucio is mainly composed of alkaloids. On leaves and stems are glaucina and protopine. In the root, chelerythrine and sanguinarine. We also find a lot of oil in the seeds.
The leaves of this herb are used in folk medicine to heal ulcers recently. Are also used in calculations and liver stones. It is very common to use the juice Glaucio when the plant is freshly cut, to reduce the warts. In veterinary medicine used for cleaning ulcers and sores of animals. Historically attributed to many other uses, such as urinary problems, a purgative and remove the crusts of animals. Anyway it is not appropriate to use the plant internally.
Juice. You take a teaspoon three times a day, the plant extract. It is mainly used
to combat diabetes.
Cook. The root is boiled in water until half the liquid consumed. Used for liver problems and sciatica.
HABITAT: In maritime sands
FLOWERING: Throughout the summer
PART USED: Whole plant
CATALAN: Glauci, rosella marina
GALICIAN: Papoula das praias
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