pau d’arco

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pau d’arco

Herbal medicine
Any of a family of trees native to Central and South America, the inner bark of which is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It has been used for indigestion, infections (bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral), smoker’s cough, and arthritis; anecdotal reports suggest that pau d’arco may be useful for AIDS, malaria and cancer.
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The joke: "My mum had a problem with a trumpet tree in her garden.
For thousands of years, the native people of the Andes have made the inner bark of the pink trumpet tree into a medicinal tea that is useful in fighting infections, shrinking tumors, numbing aches and pains, and strengthening the autoimmune system in general.
In its briefly deciduous state, the golden trumpet tree (Tabebuia chrysotricha), is currently a spherical mass of pure sunshine yellow.
Golden trumpet trees have finally arrived in Hualien.
The peak blossoming season of golden trumpet trees in Taiwan is sudden, typically in March, and short-lived.
Thanks to several readers who reminded me that the pink and golden trumpet trees mentioned in last week's column are Tabebuia, not Tipuana, species.
Trumpet trees (Tabebuia) are tropical specimens, from Central and South America, and compete with saucer magnolias in the category of ``first trees to flower in the new year.
Tall, skinny palm trees with a few denser pink trumpet trees placed at the end of the blocks just aren't going to provide enough precious shade in front of their stores, say 67 business owners who've signed petitions to have the city put in Jacaranda trees instead.