Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hippobroma longiflora - Star of Bethlehem

In my place, this plant is known by the name Korejat or Kitolod. This plant is well known as it can be used to clean the eyes. Just put the flowers in the water for some time, then dropped the water into the eyes. The eyes will sting for a while, but after that the view will become more clear.

These plants grow wild in my yard.

According to Wikipedia, this plant is notable for its concentrations of two pyridine alkaloids: lobeline and nicotine. The effects of nicotine and lobeline are quite similar, with psychoactive effects at small dosages and with unpleasant effects including vomiting, muscle paralysis, and trembling at higher dosages. For this reason, H. longiflora (and its various synonyms) is often referenced for both its toxicity and its ethnobotanical uses.

English names: Madam Fate, Madamfate, Star Flower, Star of Bethlehem, Star-Of-Bethlehem


Scientific Classification of Hippobroma longiflora - Star of Bethlehem
Superdomain Neomura
Domain Eukaryota Whittaker & Margulis, 1978lifeforms with nucletic cells
(unranked) Archaeplastida Adl et al. 2005
Kingdom Plantae Haeckel, 1866plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta -  Seed plants
Division Angiospermae Lindley  [P.D. Cantino & M.J. Donoghue]; atau Magnoliophyta Cronquist, Takht. & W.Zimm., 1966 flowering plants
clade Eudicots Doyle & Hotton, 1991
clade Core eudicots Doyle & Hotton, 1991
clade: Asterids
clade: Euasterids II
Order Asterales Lindley
Family Campanulaceae Juss.Bellflower family (contains about 2000 species, in 70 genera)
Genus Hippobroma G. Don
Species H. longiflora
Binomial/Scientific name: Hippobroma longiflora (L.) G. Don
Isotoma longiflora C. Presl
Laurentia longiflora Endl.
Lobelia longiflora


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Photos of  Hippobroma longiflora - Star of Bethlehem were taken using a camera phone Sony Ericsson K800i in the backyard in Jonggol, West Java, Indonesia.

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BillionAuto said...

WOW that is absolutely beautiful! And taken with a camera phone? I am impressed!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, delicate little flower! Great shots.

birdy said...

Gorgeous captures and interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

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Vega said...

Such a beautiful flower. Thanks for information of this pics.
print house developers said...

Such a unique and cute flower. It's hard to read its name Hippobroma longiflora. I like the flower because of its color and it's really lovely.

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