Friday, March 18, 2011

Cat's Whiskers Flowers

Below are some interesting photos of lavender Cat's Whiskers flowers. Another variety is the white Cat's Whiskers flowers. Cat's Whiskers is a member of the mint family and is known botanically as Orthosiphon stamineus. Its origin is tropical East Asia.

Cat's Whiskers Flowers

Multi-branched stems have opposite, ovate leaves to 5cm with fine toothed margins. Terminal flower stems carry whorls of white or lavender, two-lipped flowers and protruding purple stamens, which give the flower its characteristic cat’s whiskers appearance.

Cat's Whiskers Flowers

DID YOU KNOW: Cat's Whiskers Leaves contain a high percentage of potassium salts (0.7 gm in 100 grams of fresh leaves.

Cat's Whiskers Flowers

Cat's Whiskers Flowers

Medicinal Uses of Cat's Whiskers Flowers/Plants
1. Folkloric
2. Leaves used for gout and renal disorders.
3. Also used for its diuretic effect.
4. Poultice of leaves or chewed leaves stuffed onto painful tooth.
5. In Java, leaves made into tea for treatment of diseases of the kidney (e.g kidney stone) and bladder.
6. In South East Asia and Australia, frequently used for renal inflammation, kidney stones and dysuria.
7. In Malaysia, traditionally used for diabetes, kidney diseases, for hypertension and as diuretic.

Gambar bunga misai kucing.

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