Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pick of the Park - Pereskia bleo (Jarum tujuh - Malay)

 The Berawans of Loagan Bunut, near Bintulu believe that this plant can help in  curing cancer of the heart.  They boil the leaves or its fruits and drink the boiled water after it has cooled down.  This shrub  have sharp spines and can grow to about 2 meters high.  It leaves are thick and very green and wavy at the edges.  The Malays call it ' Jarum Tujuh' which literally means 'Seven Needles' to indicate the sharp needle-like thorns on its stem, branches and axil.
Pereskio bleo - Jarum tujuh( Malay)
Family: Cactaceae - Cactus family

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