Star of Bethlehem, a native of the West Indies, is a perennial herb with poisonous milky sap. The botanical name Hippobroma means horse madness, referring. from the July 18, Newsletter issued from Hacienda Chichen Resort beside Chichén Itzá Ruins, central Yucatán, MÉXICO HIPPOBROMA LONGIFLORA’S. Hippobroma longiflora (L.) Basionym: Lobelia longiflora L. longiflora ( L.) Isotoma longiflora (L.) Laurentia longiflora (L.) Peterm.

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Also, a little in the eyes can cause blindness. Hawaii’s Poisonous Plants 1 ed. Hippobroma longiflora was last modified: Presl ; Laurentia longiflora L.

Hippobroma longiflora

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 7 December It is reported here only to facilitate its identification, its cultivation is strongly discouraged due to its invasiveness and, especially, its high toxicity.

Articles lohgiflora ‘species’ microformats Taxonbars with automatically added basionyms. If ingested is highly poisonus because of the presence of cardioactive alkaloids, such as the lobelanidine, that may quickly lead to death.

The Petroglyph Press, Ltd. Small doses of the juice may have medicinal value, but too much can induce vomiting, muscle paralysis and trembling. Very ornamental species thanks to the white scented flowers, but amongst the most poisonous, to be handled with extreme caution due to the presence in its sap of substances highly irritant for contact with immediate effects, in the eyes may cause blindness and on the skin serious allergic reactions, fatal cases are reported due to prolonged contact; the use of gloves is therefore indispen- sable when handling it.

The juice is rich in two well known and powerful alkaloids, nicotine and lobeline, which affect human nervous systems similarly. It grows in the tropical and humid subtropical climate zones, where has naturalized escaping the cultivation and becoming in some cases invasive, in full sun as well as partially shaded and is not particular about the soil, even if poor.


Rarely utilized in minimal doses in the traditional medicine, with effects that, in some cases, have been fatal. Hippobroma longiflora is native and endemic to the West Indies, but has become an invasive all through the American tropics and Oceania. Retrieved 15 May At first I had no idea what this might be but when I noticed how the flowers’ five grown-together anthers extended from the corolla tube and curved up a little, just like anthers of the North’s lobelia flowers, I figured it might be a Lobelia Family member.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For other uses, see Star of Bethlehem disambiguation.

Checking genera in that family listed for the Yucatan it was easy to come up with the name. The leaves are simple, alternate, subsessile, elliptic to obovate-lanceolate with irregularly toothed margins and hoppobroma apex, cm long and ,5 cm broad, almost glabrous above, slightly villous below, with prominent nervations.

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Hippobroma longiflora (L.) G.Don

Presl Laurentia longiflora Endl. Views Read Edit View history. Don is a perennial herbaceous species with erect or at times decumbent stem, little ramified, cm tall, with whitish fleshy roots and milky longifloraa, with quite unpleasant smell.

The flowers, at the axil of the upper leaves on a 1,5 cm long peduncle, are solitary, erect, perfumed, with penta-parted hippoboma with ciliate and indented segments, 0, cm long, of green colour, hypocrateriform white corolla with extended lobes perpendicular to a long thin tube with cylindrical tube, cm long and of 0,4 cm of diameter, villous, and 5 elliptic to lanceolate lobes with pointed apex, 1,5 cm long and 0,5 cm broad, staminal tube that juts about 0,5 cm out from the corolla.


It is notable for its concentrations of two pyridine alkaloids: One web page advises wearing gloves when handling the plant since the sap can be absorbed into the skin and cause the llongiflora effects.

Hippobroma longiflora – Monaco Nature Encyclopedia

Medicinally, various cultures have learned to apply the plant to wounds to cauterize wounds and promote healing. The Hippobroma longiflora L. It is endemic to the West Indiesbut has become naturalized across the American tropics and Hippobrona.

It’s been used to treat venereal diseases, asthma, bronchitis, “rheumatism,” and even epilepsy and hydrophobia. February 2nd, by Giuseppe Mazza. Hippobroma longiflora also called Star of Bethlehem or madamfate [1] is hippobfoma flowering plant in the Campanulaceae family.

Hippobroma longiflora (L.) — The Plant List

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. When uprooting longifllra weed, it is important to wear gloves: Just call it Hippobroma. Retrieved from ” https: Excerpts from Jim Conrad’s Naturalist Newsletter. Lobelioideae Entheogens Poisonous plants. This page was last edited on 6 Septemberat