Monday, May 4, 2009

Today's Flowers #38: Lepoard Lily (射干), Belamcanda chinensis


I have post this flower once before, but at that time, I have no idea what it is.  It is a native plant of China and has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  It has antibiotic, anti-inflammatory function and used mainly for ailment of throat and lung.  

It is quite pretty and now widely planted as an ornamental plant.  It is the sole species of genus Belamcanda.  However, through the modern DNA analysis, it has been reclassified into genius of iris and renamed as Iris domestica.  Luckily its Chinese name still stay the same.

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11 comments:

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks for the info. I didn't know this plant had changed names.

Paz said...

Very nice flower photo! Very nice flower.

Paz

三股东 said...

嘿~你好!我们第1次来。。。
下次见。。
也欢迎你来我们的部落喔!
加油~

Great Shot!

Naturegirl said...

Very unique and interesting facts!

Reader Wil said...

It's a nice flower anyway! Thanks for sharing and for your visit. My plant is a Deutzia like some of the commentators suggested. I looked it up in Wikipedia!
Have a great week!

Leora said...

What a lovely, delicate flower. I bet its medicinal properties would still come in handy!

Marie Reed said...

Amazing that such a beautifu flower is also a powerful medicine!

Denise said...

An appropriate name for this flower which is very beautiful. Thank you for telling us about it's properties. Wonderful photo and such an interesting post. Have a great week.

fiziskandarz said...

such a beautiful photo are also a remedy for illness + diseases.. this is awesome!! :D

Regina said...

Good one.

shu said...

Interesting facts about this flower. When we were little we used to read Daddy's big dictionary for fun. Looks the hobby continues. Sis

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