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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Hippobroma longiflora (L.) G.Don

When uprooting this weed, it is important to longoflora gloves: Also, a little in the eyes can cause blindness. Views Read Edit View history.

Checking genera in that family listed for the Yucatan it was easy to come up with the name. 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.

At first I had no idea what this might be but when Longfilora 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. It is endemic to the West Indiesbut has become naturalized across the American tropics and Oceania. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Hippobroma longiflora

Retrieved from ” https: Articles with ‘species’ microformats Taxonbars with automatically added basionyms. It’s been used to treat venereal diseases, asthma, bronchitis, “rheumatism,” and even epilepsy and hydrophobia.

Hippobroma longiflora also called Star of Bethlehem or madamfate [1] is a flowering plant in the Campanulaceae family. It is reported here only to facilitate its hippobtoma, its cultivation is strongly discouraged due to hippobroma invasiveness and, especially, its high toxicity.


If ingested is highly poisonus because of the presence of cardioactive alkaloids, such as the lobelanidine, that may quickly lead to death. 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.

This page was last edited on 6 September hhippobroma, at Hippobroma longiflora was last modified: Hawaii’s Poisonous Plants 1 ed. Presl ; Laurentia longiflora L.

Hippobroma longiflora (L.) — The Plant List

The Petroglyph Press, Ltd. It is notable for its concentrations of two pyridine alkaloids: Retrieved 15 May Lobelioideae Entheogens Poisonous plants. The leaves are simple, alternate, hipporoma, elliptic to obovate-lanceolate with irregularly toothed margins and pointed apex, cm long and ,5 cm broad, almost glabrous above, slightly villous below, with prominent nervations. The Hippobroma longiflora L. Retrieved 7 December Small doses of the juice may have medicinal value, but too much can induce vomiting, muscle paralysis and trembling.

longiiflora Don is a perennial herbaceous species with erect or at times decumbent stem, little ramified, cm tall, with whitish fleshy roots and milky sap, with quite unpleasant smell.

February 2nd, by Giuseppe Mazza. Hippobroma longiflora is native and endemic to the West Indies, but has become an invasive all through the American tropics and Oceania. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.


Medicinally, various cultures have learned to apply the plant to wounds to cauterize wounds and promote healing. The juice is rich in two well known and powerful alkaloids, nicotine and lobeline, which affect human nervous systems similarly. Rarely utilized in minimal doses in the traditional medicine, with effects that, in some cases, have been fatal.

Presl Laurentia longiflora Endl. One web page advises wearing gloves when handling the plant since the sap can be absorbed into the skin and cause the above effects. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Just call it Hippobroma. 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.

For other uses, see Star of Bethlehem disambiguation. The flowers, at the axil of the upper leaves on a 1,5 cm long peduncle, are solitary, erect, perfumed, with penta-parted calyx with ciliate and indented segments, longiflkra, 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, lobgiflora 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.

Excerpts from Jim Conrad’s Naturalist Newsletter.