Parts of Gumamela and its Functions by nJc6Vg

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									   Parts of
   Gumamela and its
   Functions


The Gumamela flower is also commonly
known as the hibiscus flower. Its
composition is a lot like every other
flower whose sole purpose is to help a
plant reproduce. Its distinguishing
features are large petals, often forming a
trumpet-shape and a prominent stamen
tube that is unique to the gumamela
flower.
                    Anthers
 Anthers, the flower's male part, are connected to the top
of the stamen and support pollen sacs. The gumamela has
dozens of stamens whereas most flowers have only five.

               Stamen Tube
 The anthers are attached to filaments that join together
and form the stamen tube, also known as the stamina
column. This is unique to the gumamela.




                         Style
 The style, or flower's ovary, is housed in the stamen
column. The style branches out into five arms outside
the stamina column. Each arm supports one of the
gumamela's stigma.

                    Stigma
 Male pollen grains are deposited onto the stigma.
The stigma contains the flower's ovules that will start
to turn into seeds after they are pollinated.
                   Petals
 The gumamela's petals, also known as the corolla,
have shallow lobes. The flower has only five petals.
Gumamela breeders develop flowers with many
"petals"---stamens that are bred to look like petals---to
make a larger, fuller-looking flower.


                   Sepals

 The sepals are modified leaves surrounding the
gumamela's petals, serving to protect the flower,
especially when it's still a bud.



              About Gumamela:

Gumamela is a shrub that grows from one meter up to 4
meters high. Gumamela is also known as: Hibiscus, China
Rose and Shoeflower. In the Philippines, gumamela is
cultivated as an ornamental plant. The gumamela flower
comes in many colors: red, yellow, orange, white, purple,
pink and other color combinations.
Gumamela leaves, usually blended with Rose Hip has long
been used in the Middle East and Okinawa as herbal tea.
Today, the use of gumamela tea is gaining worldwide
popularity - including Asia. Gumamela (Hibiscus) is
associated with longevity.
          Gumamela as Herbal Medicine

As herbal medicine, gumamela flower, leaves and roots are
used. Gumamela has the following medicinal
characteristics: expectorant, diuretic, emollient, anti-
infectious, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, anodyne and
refrigerant.


     Preparation & Use of Gumamela:

There are two ways to utilize gumamela as herbal
medicine. One is dried and the other is fresh. For Dried
gumamela, collect the flower, leaves and/or roots. Wash,
then cut into small pieces and sun dry. To use as decoction,
boil the dried gumamela parts (1/4 cup dried gumamela in 1
glass of water).


          Use Gumamela as Poultice:

Poultice is the use or fresh or dried herbs that is mashed,
crushed or pounded - often heated (boiled in water to soften
and heat the herb) and applied directly to the skin. A clean
cloth or gauze can be used to help the poultice stay in
place.
             Gumamela is used for the treatment of:

• Bronchitis - as an expectorant
• Coughs, sore throat
• Fever - as refrigerant drink
• Treats dysentery
• Urinary tract infection, bladder infections
• High blood pressure
• Prevention of constipation
• Headaches
• Boils, swelling & abscesses, mumps




Source(s):
http://www.philippineherbalmedicine.org/…

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