Properties and toxicity of marvel of Peru
Characteristics of marbel of Peru
Scientific noun: Mirabilis jalapa L.
Common noun: Marvel of Peru, Four o'clock
Habitat: Native from tropical America, it is cultivated as a garden plant and can be found naturalized in waste lands, country roads... of warm climates.
Mirabilis jalapa photo
Active principles of Mirabilis jalapa
- Alkaloids: trigonelline (root)
- Resin (root)
- Galactose (root)
- Proteins (seeds)
- Beta-sisosterol (Plant)
Active parts: The root and the seeds.
PROPERTIES OF MARVEL OF PERU
Medicinals properties of Mirabilis jalapa
The root has been used as aphrodisac.
Given the toxicity of its components, its use is dissuaded in homemade preparations !!!
Edible properties of marvel of Peru
Although it is said that leaves are edible when cooked, it is better not to eat them. Flowers are used to colour dishes, specially jellies and cakes.
Marvel of Peru, a gardening plant
Mirabilis jalapa is a perennial tuberous plant that appears in gardens very frequently. It prefers warm or tropical places, although it can also be planted in cooler places, where the external parts of the plant and blooming time will have a shorter time, remaining dormant until the next favourable season in the tuberous root.
In suitable climates it grows very well offering a big amount of very big scented flowers that can be very varied in colour. (white, red, pink, variegated). Different colour or pattern can be present in the same plant. In this type of climates, growing must be controlled not to become an invasive plant, because new samples can easily appear from its seeds.
Mirabilis jalapa flowers open late in the afternoon, hence it is also commonly called "four o´clock flower". Flowers will remain open all the night and close in the morning
Industrial properties of marvel of Peru
Phytochemical industry uses it to obtain components that are used in the composition of many products with fungicidal and germicidal properties.
Toxicity of Mirabilis jalapa
The toxixity of marvel of Peru considerable. It is a psychedelic plant with similar effects to LSD. In fact, it has been taken as a substitute of this. It mainly affects to the digestive tract, producing considerable digestive disorders.
By means of uterine stimulation in pregnant women it can cause abortions.
Side effects of Mirabilis jalapa
In internal use, the ingestion of this plant will produce the following poisoning symptoms:
In external use, the contact with the skin can produce dermatitis.
Medical treatment: Vomitives, gastric lavage and emollients administration
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.