Copperleaf
Acalypha Wikesiana

Allegedly among the loveliest plants to be grown in one’s garden, the copperleaf plant is a bizzare explosion of rusty red in a sea of green. Also known as Jing Pian San in Mandarin, the leaves are used as an ointment to treat fungal skin diseases.

In Nigeria, the copper leaf was a traditional remedy for breast tumour and inflammation. It is currently being researched as a possible treatment for MRSA and staphylococcus aureus.

 

last update by M 12/7/2012

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