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Funnel-shaped purple Barleria cristata flower in sunlight
barleria cristata
Barleria cristata (Philippine Violet)

Originating from the Indian subcontinent, and used as an ornamental bush in many warm countries. It presents a spectacle of vibrant flowers in shades of blue, lavender, white, or purple, depending on the variety. The plant carries a repertoire of medicinal benefits, making it a notable species in traditional medicine. It demonstrates anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidiabetic, antioxidant, antifungal, hepatoprotective, and antiplasmodial activities. The bitter juice extracted from its leaves or roots is utilized to treat serious catarrhal infections and applied to boils and sores to lessen swellings. Furthermore, its seeds are employed as antidotes for snake bites, embodying the plant's significant role in phytopharmacological applications​. Photographed in Medellin, Colombia.

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