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Bourreria huanita

Popcorn flower

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Description

Bourreria huanita (Popcorn flower). A species prized by the Aztecs with fragrant white flowers and long used for flavouring cacao and wider medicinal purposes

Origin

Native to the tropical Americas: Mexico, northern South America and southern North America.

Interest and use

Appreciated in Mexico and S. America since pre-Hispanic times for its beauty and the medicinal properties of its dried flowers. Used as a tranquilizer, analgesic and to control high blood pressure and heart disease. Thought also to have anti-depressant properties.

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