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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #60 on: November 01, 2018, 09:15:37 AM »


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Sorry not here yesterday Bev had a accident having trouble walking seen doc got pain killers

Euphorbia

The main growth time is in the spring, and Greek Spiny Spurge brightens up the landscape with its bright cushions from March onwards. This plant belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae, and it is found in Greece and Turkey.
The 'chicken wire' effect produced by last year's spines.
Euphorbia acanthothamnos is a Greek and Aegean endemic plant growing from sea level to over 2000m. A spiny cushion-like shrub which flowers from March to June. It grows mainly in limestone areas. Its name means "thorny bush" in Greek which is a very accurate description
The botanical name Euphorbia derives from Euphorbos, the Greek physician of king Juba ...





 



All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
The milky sap or latex of Euphorbia plant is highly toxic and an irritant to the skin and eye. ... Three patients presented with accidental ocular exposure to the milky sap of Euphorbia species of recent onset. The initial symptoms in all cases were severe burning sensation with blurring of vision.



Unknown uses

The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine. Euphorbia is used for breathing disorders including asthma, bronchitis, and chest congestion. It is also used for mucus in the nose and throat, throat spasms, hay fever, and tumors. Some people use it to cause vomiting.


































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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #61 on: November 01, 2018, 01:51:01 PM »

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BAMBOO

The origin of the word Bamboo comes from the Malay word "Mambu". Malay is the national language of Malaysia and Indonesia. In the late 16th century (1590-1600) the Dutch named it "Bamboes" after which it got its Neo-Latin name "Bambusa".Some claim that the original Malayan word was "Bambu", resembling the sound it makes when bamboo explodes in open fire. When bamboo is heated, the air in the sealed hollow internode chambers will expand and cause an explosive bam-boom sound.
In the tribe Bambuseae also known as bamboo, there are 91 genera and over 1,000 species. The size of bamboo varies from small annuals to giant timber bamboo. Bamboo evolved only 30 to 40 million years ago, after the demise of the dinosaurs. Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant in the world. and the root can go through concrete wall
Bamboo belongs to the Bambusoideae subfamily of the perennial evergreen grass family Poaceae (Gramineae). It was German Botanist, Charles Kunth, that first published his taxonomic findings in 1815.
Bamboo was used in China about 7000 years ago
Thomas Edison used bamboo filaments in his first LIGHT BULBS, and one of those bulbs is STILL burning today at the Smithsonian in Washington
: Bamboo has a TENSILE STRENGTH of 28,000 per square inch, vs. 23,000 for steel
 Bamboo produces the MOST OXYGEN of all the plants! And it CONSUMES MORE CARBON DIOXIDE than any other plant
Fastest Growing Plant on the Planet: New shoots of some species have been clocked growing up to 3 FEET PER DAY in their shooting season


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These tender young shoots are the only part of the bamboo plant that can be made edible to humans. ... Pandas and golden lemurs have evolved ways to process cyanide and can ingest enough bamboo to kill several men each day, but even young shoots are too toxic for human consumption.
Although Dracaena sanderiana is considered non-toxic to humans, ingestion of the plant may cause mild stomach upset.


Bamboo is used to make
musical instruments
is used to make beer!
to make toys.
to make furniture.
for scaffolding
feed people and animals.
 build houses and schools
 building roads.
Bamboo is being used in road reinforcements in Orissa, India. Bamboo bridges have also been built in China, capable of supporting trucks that weigh as much as 16 tons.



medicinal purposes.
In China, ingredients from the black bamboo shoot help treat kidney diseases. Roots and leaves have also been used to treat venereal diseases and cancer. According to reports in a small village in Indonesia, water from the culm (the side branches) is used to treat diseases of the bone effectively.




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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #62 on: November 02, 2018, 10:01:49 AM »

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Genista [genist]
Ulex [gorse]
Cytisus [broom]


I have put these plants all together they all look the same you can see these plants walking to the Akrotiri

Genista is a genus of flowering plants in the legume family Fabaceae, native to open habitats such as moorland and pasture in Europe and western Asia. They include species commonly called broom, though the term may also refer to other genera, including Cytisus and Chamaecytisus.


Ulex is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae. The genus comprises about 20 species of thorny evergreen shrubs in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. The species are native to parts of western Europe and northwest Africa, with the majority of species in Iberia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae. The genus comprises about 20 species of thorny evergreen shrubs in the subfamily Faboideae of the pea family Fabaceae. The species are native to parts of western Europe and northwest Africa, with the majority of species in Iberia

Cytisus is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae, native to open sites in Europe, western Asia and North Africa. It belongs to the subfamily Faboideae, and is one of several genera in the tribe Genisteae which are commonly called brooms[/size


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GENISTAThis plant contains small amounts of a toxin called quinolizidine alkaloids. This is found in all parts of the plant. Ingestion results in vomiting, abdominal discomfort, weakness, incoordination and possible increased heart rate.

ULEX NON POISON

CYTISUS - The Poison Plant Patch. Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) makes its escape along roadsides in various counties in Nova Scotia. ... Because of its alkaloid toxins, Scotch broom is now taken internally only under strict medical supervision.

GENISTAThe whole plant is used to make medicine. Despite safety concerns, people take dyer's broom for digestion problems, gout, and bladder stones. It is also used to increase heart rate, strengthen blood vessels, and stimulate blood flow to the kidneys.

ULEXMedicinal use of Gorse: Gorse has never played much of a role in herbal medicine, though its flowers have been used in the treatment of jaundice and as a treatment for scarlet fever in children. The seed is said to be astringent and has been used in the treatment of diarrhoea and stones.

CYTISUSMedicinal uses. Broom contains scoparin, which is a diuretic, and is useful as a cathartic and as a cardiac stimulant due to the presence of sparteine. A decoction or infusion of broom can be used to treat dropsy due to its diuretic action. An ointment can be made from the flowers to treat gout.



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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #63 on: November 04, 2018, 10:24:55 AM »


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Narcissus

Narcissus is a genus of predominantly spring perennial plants of the Amaryllidaceae family. Various common names including daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus and jonquil are used to describe all or some members of the genus  There are 26 to 60 different species of wild daffodils. They are native to Europe, northern parts of Africa and western parts of Asia and Mediterranean.jonquil, is a type of flowering plant that belongs to the Amaryllis family.
Narcissus jonquilla  bears heads of up to five scented yellow or white flowers. It is a parent of numerous varieties


Jonquil                                                 Narcissus
 

All parts of the daffodil are toxic. When swallowed, it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Eating the bulb can cause severe irritation of the mouth and stomach upset. These symptoms are usually not life threatening and resolve within a few hours.

narcissus essential oil  Narcissus is a figure from Greek mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water – even the lovely nymph Echo could not manage to tempt him from his self-absorption! Today,   

Daffodil dementia drug hailed. A drug derived from daffodils has been found effective in halting the progress of different types of dementia. The drug, Reminyl (galantamine) is already recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in the treatment of Alzheimer's
Medicinal use of Wild Daffodil: The bulbs, leaves and flowers are astringent and powerfully emetic. The bulb, especially, is narcotic and depresses the nervous system. It has been used in the treatment of hysterical affections and even epilepsy with some effect.





















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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #64 on: November 05, 2018, 08:50:32 AM »


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Rock soapwort

Saponaria ocymoides (rock soapwort or tumbling Ted) you can see this plant on walls in and around Arillas is a species of semi-evergreen perennial flowering plant belonging to the family Caryophyllaceae, native to south western and southern central Europe
Reaching a height of 10–40 centimetres
quite hairy and very branched. The leaves are ovate to lanceolate, sessile and hairy, 1–3 cm long
 The flowering period extends from May to August in the Northern Hemisphere. The fruit is an ovoid capsule, up to 9 mm long.
This species ranges from the mountains of Spain to Corsica, Sardinia and Slovenia, from the Apennines to the Alps. It grows in rocky and stony places, dry slopes and forests (especially pine forests). It prefers calcareous (alkaline) soils, at an altitude of up to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft), rarely up to 2,400 metres (7,900 ft).





Although toxic, these substances are very poorly absorbed by the body and so tend to pass through without causing harm. They are also broken down by thorough cooking. Saponins are found in many plants, including several that are often used for food, such as certain beans. It is advisable not to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish

When using Saponaria. ocymoides as a large scale groundcover (lawn substitute), it can be deadheaded using a lawn mower set on high to keep the foliage
All parts of the plant are rich in saponins and can be used as a soap substitute. The saponins are extracted by simmering the plant in water. Plants can be dried for later use. A gentle and effective cleane


Medicinal use of Tumbling Ted: None known












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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #65 on: November 05, 2018, 09:29:05 AM »


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Strawberry tree

Arbutus unedo, the strawberry tree, is an evergreen shrub or small tree in the family Ericaceae, native to the Mediterranean region and on Corfu and western Europe north to western France and Ireland
The Two Tailed Pasha butterfly uses the Arbutus Strawberry tree as a host for its eggs and caterpillars. An occasional sight on the island. It is easily recognisable by its long leaves and peeling pastel coloured rust and cream bark.
You can grow this tree in the uk




strawberry tree poisonous to humans none found

I have eaten this frurit When blossoming, the Strawberry tree is a heavily resourced plant by bees for honey production and in addition to being a foraged edible, the fruits serve as food for birds. The bark of the tree is used as a dye and for working leather because it contains high levels of tannins
 used mostly for jam, marmalades, yogurt
The wood is quite hard and well suited for a various uses such as fire wood and to make pipes. Since it doesn't usually grow straight, it is not well suited for construction or similar uses.
The fruit of the Strawberry tree is distinguished by its globular shape and rough-textured skin that is candy apple red and about 3/4 inch in diameter when ripe. ... The Strawberry fruit replicates flavors reminiscent of apricots and guavas with subtle woody undertones, a characteristic evident of many wild shrub fruits.


Medicinal use of Strawberry Tree: The strawberry tree is little used in herbalism, though it does deserve modern investigation. All parts of the plant contain ethyl gallate, a substance that possesses strong antibiotic activity against the Mycobacterium bacteria. The leaves, bark and root are astringent and diuretic




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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #66 on: November 06, 2018, 02:48:27 PM »


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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #60 on: November 01, 2018, 09:15:37 AM »
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Sorry not here yesterday Bev had a accident having trouble walking seen doc got pain killers

Had to take Bev to hospital yesterday had X-ray got a fractured femur can not do anything just rest doctors says it will be twelve weeks to mend

Kevin



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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #67 on: November 06, 2018, 06:19:29 PM »
Sorry to hear that. Hope Bev is back on her feet again soon.

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« Reply #68 on: November 07, 2018, 09:35:18 AM »



Thanks Sonia

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Buttercups

Ranunculus common name Buttercup is a genus of about 500 species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae. Members of the genus include the buttercups, spearworts and water crowfoots
The name Ranunculus is Late Latin for "little frog", the diminutive of rana. This probably refers to many species being found near water, like frogs. The name buttercup may derive from a false belief that the plants give butter its characteristic yellow hue (in fact it is poisonous to cows and other livestock). you can see this plant all around Arillas




All parts of a buttercup are poisonous for cattle and humans. Signs of intoxication appear immediately after ingestion of the plant. They include bloody diarrhea, excessive salivation, colic and blistering of the intestines. ... This belief is false since cows avoid buttercups due to high toxicity of these plants.

UNKNOWN USES

People dry the parts that grow above the ground and use them for medicine. Fresh preparations are very irritating and should not be used. Despite safety concerns, buttercup is used for arthritis, nerve pain, blisters, ongoing (chronic) skin problems, and bronchitis.
Buttercup contains toxins that are very irritating to the skin and the lining of the mouth, stomach, and intestines. There is not enough information to know how buttercup might work for medicinal uses.










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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #69 on: November 07, 2018, 05:51:18 PM »
Just going back to the strawbery tree , kev.
We have one , far too high to pick , but they are dropping of the tree as I type. - Very tasty but , obviously should not eat too many.
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« Reply #70 on: November 07, 2018, 06:28:19 PM »



Hi Neil

They be the answer for you to play better darts 🎯 opps sorry 😂

Kev



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« Reply #71 on: November 08, 2018, 10:50:22 AM »


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Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus is the only genus in the subfamily Agapanthoideae of the flowering plant family Amaryllidaceae. The family is in the monocot order Asparagales. The name is derived from scientific Greek: αγάπη, άνθος (anthos – "flower"). Some species of Agapanthus are commonly known as lily of the Nile but not a lily  They are cultivated throughout warm areas of the world.
Agapanthus is a genus of herbaceous perennials that mostly bloom in summer. The leaves are basal, curved, and linear, growing up to 60 cm (24 in) long. The inflorescence is a pseudo-umbel subtended by two large bracts at the apex of a long, erect scape, up to 2 m (6.6 ft) tall. They have funnel-shaped or tubular flowers, in hues of blue to purple, shading to white.




Agapanthus bulbs are especially poisonous and causes kidney failures (ie death) in cats and dogs. In fact, they are also poisonous to humans, just the sap is known to cause rash and skin irritation on people.

unknown uses

The Zulu use agapanthus to treat heart disease, paralysis, coughs, colds, chest pains and tightness. It is also used with other plants in various medicines taken during pregnancy to ensure healthy children, or to augment or induce labour.Agapanthus is considered an aphrodisiac











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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #72 on: November 09, 2018, 10:36:48 AM »


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Judas-tree

Cercis siliquastrum Family Caesalpiniaceae, commonly known as the Judas tree or Judas-tree, is a small deciduous tree from Southern Europe and Western Asia which is noted  with heart-shaped leaves and clusters of bright pink pea-flowers opening before or with the leaves, followed by flattened, deep purple pods
when this tree is in flower easter and spring is here
Judas was the name of a disciple in the Bible who betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss. To call someone a "Judas" is to mark them as a traitor or backstabber. Fittingly, the Judas tree is used to poison and betray people, and in this case administered with a kiss.
There is a long-standing myth that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from a tree of this species. This belief is related to the common name "Judas tree", which is possibly a corrupted derivation from the French common name, Arbre de Judée, meaning tree of Judea, referring to the hilly regions of that country where the tree used to be common. Another possible source for the vernacular name is the fact that the flowers and seedpods can dangle direct from the trunk in a way reminiscent of Judas's possible method of suicide.


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UNKNOWN POISON 



Edible uses  A sweetish-acid taste, they are a nice addition to the salad bowl 
The flower buds are pickled and used as a condiment
 Material uses Wood - very hard, beautifully grained, takes a very fine polish. Used for veneers 



Medicinal use: None known



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« Reply #73 on: November 09, 2018, 01:18:34 PM »
I would love a Judas tree planted in our garden. Despite the name, I think they are very beautiful. I know the time of year to plant them is September when it is my birthday. I keep hinting but so far no tree.... Might buy and plant one myself.

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Re: Walking around corfu
« Reply #74 on: November 09, 2018, 02:50:13 PM »


Hi Sonia

Yes a nice small tree nice in flower

Kev