The Plant Detective

The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Cinchona

January 25th, 2014: Cinchona is the national tree of Peru and Ecuador. Its bark contains the alkaloid quinine, which since the 1600s, has been used to treat the fever and chills of malaria.

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The Plant Detective
11:19 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Farewell Flora Delaterre

Intrepid phytomedicinal investigator, Flora Delaterre has decided to retire. "The Plant Detective" will have its last on-air broadcast on MTPR on December 28, 2013.  But the program will live on via podcasts and on demand archives.  Read more from Flora below. 

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Henbane, Shakespeare's Little Helper

November 9th & 11th, 2013: Henbane is the source of the drug hyoscyamine, the alkaloid that put Juliet to sleep and poisoned Hamlet's father. In proper doses, it helps relieve gastrointestinal disorders, heart problems, and symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

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a.k.a. Belladonna
10:11 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Deadly Nightshade

November 2nd & 4th, 2013: Belladonna, or deadly nightshade, is reputed to have poisoned Emperor Augustus, but in spite of its name, the scopolamine nightshade contains is medicinal, inducing sleep and calming motion sickness. http://www.floradelaterre.com/

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