figwort

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figwort

Herbal medicine
A perennial shrub that contains flavonoids, resin and saponins, which is used topically for haemorrhoids, ulcers and wounds; it was formerly administered internally for tuberculosis and lymph node swelling.
 
Toxic effects
Figwort should not be used internally, given its intense purgative, emetic and cardioactive properties.
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Showy Locoweed Penstemon Gormanii Greene Yukon Beardtongue Pulsatilla Ludoviciana (Nutt.) Heller Prairie Crocus Saxifraga L.
Possibly the Penstemon (Cheloneae) "beardtongue" (staminode in the fifth, median position) has such a function, its hairs helping to exclude small insects while serving as a foothold for larger ones (Straw, 1956b).
Species with <2% cover included, in order of dominance, spike trisetum (Trisetum spicatum), granite mousetail (Ivesia muirii), alpine willow (Salix arctica), frosted buckwheat (Eriogonum incanum), Sierra beardtongue (Penstemon heterodoxus), heath wood rush (Luzula orestera), pussypaws (Calyptridium umbellatum), rockcress (Arabis platysperma), glaucus willowherb (Epilobium glabenimum), and little elephant heads (Pedicularis attolens).