Perennial plant that, after taking their life cycle, leaving the winter so lethargic to re-emerge when spring comes.
The leaves are quite large relative to their size and are arranged in a rosette at the base of the plant is in the leaves where there are a number of hairs that are nothing but glands, from which we can observe two kinds : some secrete a very sticky substance, while others secrete enzymes capable of digesting nucleic acids. In this way manages to catch the "prey" with that goo and digest with the ferment, so the leaves can be seen remains of small insects digested by the plant.
Flowering occurs from mid May until late summer.
The flowers are rather curious: they have a purplish color, but what is most striking is a long spur (tubular elongation) that part of the bottom of the corolla. Flowers develop on top of a long stem that may reach up to thirty centimeters tall and whose sole purpose is to maintain the flower, as this does not leave no leaf stem. Like the rest of the plant is covered with many glandular hairs.
It contains organic acids and a digestive ferment-called pinguiculatriptasa-that is responsible for digestion of small insects captured by the plant.
Has an important part of mucilage, for topical application that gives it a creamy touch that makes it easier to spread on the skin, stay longer in contact with it.
Another important part of its composition is sucrose, which gives it a sweet flavor that makes its method of En la actualidad el empleo de esta planta ha caído en desuso; en raras ocasiones y por vía externa se utiliza como loción obtenida por expresión de sus hojas, para aplicar sobre heridas gracias a su efecto antiséptico. Tion.
All these properties make it effective against bronchial asthma and allergies, by relaxing the smooth muscle and whooping cough.
Topically applied its use is highly regarded as vulnerary, healing wounds, as it contains a compound that prevents the insects that adhere to the leaves fall in a state of putrefaction and this compound responsible for the antiseptic.
In ancient times it was used as a laxative, and has even been used on the hair for rizarlos and to clarify the natural tone.
For its part, the shepherds used to heal cracked nipples from their cows.
En la actualidad el empleo de esta planta ha caído en desuso; en raras ocasiones y por vía externa se utiliza como loción obtenida por expresión de sus hojas, para aplicar sobre heridas gracias a su efecto antiséptico.
HABITAT: Pyrenees and Cantabrian mountains
FLOWERING: May and summer
PART USED: Whole plant
CATALAN: Viola d´aigua
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