Scientific Name – Flourensia cernua DC.
Common name(s) – tarbush, blackbrush, varnishbush, hojasé, Yerba del Hule.
Distribution and Habitat – common (endemic) on dry plains to the Chihuahuan Desert, Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas at elevation ranging from 400-2000 m. Is associated with Hilaria mutica, Larrea tridentate, Prosopis sp., Scleropogon brevifolius. It is found in limestone or calcareous, deeper soils.
Description – deciduous shrub, erect to procumbent, 30 -200 cm tall, much branched. Twig light brown, gray, slender, resinous, pubescent; trunk gray to dark gray, glabrous, sparingly striate, resinous. Leaves alternate, simple, elliptical or oblong to oval, 1.6-2.5 x 0.6-1.2 cm, acute, margins entire, adaxially green and glabrous, abaxially paller and glabrous or pubescent, veins often black; petioles 1-2.5 mm long, puberulent. Inflorescences small, solitary. Flowers with 3 series bracts; bracts linear; ray flowers absent; disk flower 12-20, yellow, resinous. Flowering in July to December. Fruit achene, 0.5-1 cm long, oblong, compressed, villous; papus of 2-4 unequal bristles, 2.5-3.3 mm long.
Growth rate – slow
Requirements – prefers heavy, deep soils; full sun, light water.
Propagation – by seeds.
Properties and Uses – mature fruit is poisonous to sheep and goats. In Mexic, an infusion of the leaves is drunk frequently to treat various gastrointestinal ailments.
Curiosity – the genus Flourensia, tribe Heliantheae, consist of 32 species of resinous shrubs that grow from southern United States south to Argentina and Chile.
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James Stubbendieck, Stephan L. Hatch, L.M. Landholt – North American Wildland Plants – University of Nebraska Press, 2003
Mahendra Rai, Maria Cecilia Carpinella – Naturally Occuring Bioactive Compounds- Elsevier Science, 2006
Trees and shrubs
Hibiscus syriacus - shrub to 3 m high, native of India and China, naturalized in southern Europe. cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks and public gardens, the street alignments or as hedges.
Species native to North America, lies at altitudes up to 1500 m in Romania is less common in parks and gardens as ornamental species.
Leaves, branches and bark is an aromatic oil extracts used in medicine.
Rosmarinus officinalis L.
Evergreen shrub, 50 - 300 cm, stem erect, latita to the very ramified, in the lower trunk bark is exfoliating in longitudinal strips, dark brown. The leaves are coriacee, persistent, Sesia, linear
Aesculus hippocastanum - common horsechestnut
Aesculus hippocastanum - is used in parks and gardens, the tree line, solitary or in groups. The flowers are bees, and seeds contain starch, protein, tannin, saponin and edible oil, which can be manufactured soap, technical oil, glue, medicines. Species not produce forest wood is of poor quality.
Acer platanoides - norway maple
Acer platanoides - used as an ornamental species in parks and gardens, but also the green street.
In the United States was introduced around 1700 in East Pensilveniei. It was introduced as ornamental species, the green street, in many areas of culture out of control and become invasive species.
Caesalpinia gilliesii - a species native to temperate and subtropical regions of South America, grown on every continent as an ornamental species in parks and gardens, may naturalize in areas where the climate is favorable.
Viburnum opulus L. - calin, snowball
Originally from Europe, grows spontaneously in the Netherlands, the soil rich in forests, and forest edge. Description - shrub, 1,3-3,5 m high; ritidom smooth, exfoliating in strips is, open gray on the outside, Brown -yellow on the inside, branched stem. Leaves opposite, 3-lobate, margin iregulat evening, the round or truncata, top acuminata, glabra on the upper face, lower face pubescent, dark green in summer, yellow-orange in autumn.
Nepeta cataria has similar properties with valeriana, amaro-tonic and sedative antispasmotica.
Nepeta cataria var. citronelol citriodora contains more essential oil used as perfume industry.
Impatiens balsamina - a species herbaceous annual, native to China and India. cultivated as ornamental plants in parks and gardens. It can be grown as potted plants, but watered regularly.
Rizomatoase two perennial species (Epimedium pubigerum and Epimedium alpinum) originating from southern Europe. Stem erect, to 25-38 cm tall, round, smooth, horizontal rhizome. Decidue or semi-evergreen leaves, cordiforme, acuminata, cilia-soirees, petiolate, 13 cm long, green becoming bronze in the fall, Pendente