Sunday, 30 August 2015

Capsella bursa~pastoris

Capsella bursa~pastoris Shepherd's purse

Bolsa de pastor

This very common plant can flower most of the year and is native to the whole of Europe and Asia. It grows between 10~40cms tall and the seed heads look like small purses. It is cultivated for it's seeds as a supplement for animal feed, used in cosmetics and stir fried in Japan! It is also used for medicinal purposes in Austria for a number of ailments. Fumeric acid is one chemical that has been found in this plant.

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