Friday’s Florals: Leonotis Leonurus – Lion’s Tail

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Good early part from a warmer and drier Hastings sunshine.  I have my Social Snappers clump today and we are heading into the bargain to Havelock North to a course for some water photography.  My assemblage is growing and we are indeed enjoying discovering new sights around where we live.  One of the ladies has got a repaired camera so wants me to aid her learn about it.

Last Wednesday one of the ladies from my cluster and I headed over to Napier to the Centennial Gardens.  The pass to windward of turned lousy on us but in that place is a big waterfall there with equal rea~n I was able to work in successi~ some long exposures.

I also found this plant there – and which time I looked it up I was surprised to contribute out it’s properties on Wikipedia.

Leonotis leonurus, too known as lion’s tail and fanciful dagga, is a plant species in the Lamiaceae (produce) family. The plant is a broadleaf evergreen copious shrub native to South Africa and south Africa, where it is very habitual.[2] It is known for its medical and mild psychoactive properties. The the gross psychoactive component of Leonotis leonurus is leonurine.

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n its mother habitats Leonotis leonurus attracts nectivorous birds (absolutely sunbirds), as well as various insects so as butterflies. The flowers’ mainly orange to orange-red colour and tubular shape are indicative of its co-expansion with African sunbirds, which have curved bills suited to feeding from tubular flowers.

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This photo was taken at Frimley Gardens and the butterflies are furious about it.  Now I be assured of why.

Recreational uses

The dried leaves and flowers have a mild calming fact when smoked. In some users, the movables have been noted to be homogeneous to the cannabinoid THC found in Cannabis, leaving out that it has a much less potent high.[6][unreliable source?] It has too been reported to cause mild euphoria, of the eye changes, dizziness, nausea, sweating, sedation and lightheadedness.

It is formerly used as a Cannabis substitute ~ dint of. recreational users as an alternative to illicit psychoactive plants. Leonotis leonorus is not currently scheduled under federal law in the United States.

The sharp and dried leaves are also commonly brewed like a tea.

Maybe I should shirk around and take some leaves to unembellished to make some tea??????

Toxicology and pharmacology

An created being study in rats indicated that in occult doses, lion’s tail has significant toxicological adverse effects on organs, red relations cells, white blood cells and other important bodily functions. Acute toxicity tests in animals caused end of life for those receiving 3200 mg/kg prescribed portion . At 1600 mg/kg extract led to changes in red descent cells, hemoglobin concentration, mean corpuscular quantity, platelets, and white blood cells. [4]

One tried animal study suggests that the watery leaf extract of Leonotis leonurus possesses antinociceptive, antiinflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties.[5]

Leonurine has the pair antioxidant and cardioprotective propertiesand shown to significantly improve myocardial execution (XinHua, 2010).

But it seems individual must be careful.

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