It is a perennial plant that springs from a small tuber.
The leaves are quite large, with heart-shaped, green with white specks blurred by the beam and a reddish hue on the underside, are linked directly to the tuber through Tallit very long and slender.
The pamporcino is originally from the Mediterranean regions of Asia Minor and southern Europe. One grows in rock crevices or in the shade of shrubs such as mastic or olive trees. Can be found in Western Europe, and within Spain can only be found in Mallorca and Menorca, but not in the Peninsula.
The flowers are directly attached to the tuber by thin stems and slender, just as the leaves. They are quite small, with a size of no more than two centimeters. They consist of a calyx with five sepals and a pink corolla divided into large segments.
It blooms from March to April when it is mature plant, because since it is planted until it blooms for the first time may take up to four years.
The fruit consists of a sort of fleshy capsule that is divided into five leaflets.
The part used of this plant is the tuber, which in some cases is dried and not others, since you can use either fresh or dried.
Not exactly known substances that compose it.
Usually used as very strong purgative and as an emetic when freshly caught and kept fresh. But their use is not recommended in either case, since there are many plants that can perform these functions perfectly and are not as dangerous as pamporcino, which is a very toxic plant. Therefore not be used for and should be very careful with it because its ingestion can have serious consequences, such as cold sweats, dizziness, seizures, etc.. It may even cause death.
It is a plant widely used to feed some animals such as pigs, which does them no harm. If they are dried or roasted, the tubers may become even harmless to humans.
Alcoholic tincture. They take 10 to 15 drops of fresh tuber alcohol per day, dividing the dose in two or three doses. You must be very careful preparation, it can be dangerous.
Ointment. Tuber oil is prepared using the juice or after performing the same cooking, are added as wormwood or jalapa purgatives. It is applied externally on the belly.
HABITAT: In rock crevices
FLOWERING: March and April
PART USED: Tuber
CASTILIAN: Pan porcino
CATALAN: Pa de porc
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