Browallia is a small genus of seven species of flowering plants (mostly annuals though occasionally shrubs or ephemerophytes) belonging to the nightshade family Solanaceae. It is named after Johannes Browallius (1707–1755), also known as Johan Browall, a Swedish botanist, physician and bishop. The genus is closely related to the monotypic genus Streptosolen, the single species of which was published initially under the name Browallia jamesonii.
'At least 17 binomials,at the specific level,have been proposed for this difficult genus; no doubt that a critical sound treatment is badly needed to clarify its obscure taxonomy' - Armando Hunziker (2001)
- Browallia abbreviata Benth.
- Browallia acutiloba A.S. Alva & O.D. Carranza
- Browallia americana L. - Jamaican forget-me-not
- Browallia dilloniana Limo, K. Lezama & S. Leiva
- Browallia eludens R.K.VanDevender & P.D.Jenkins - Arizona/Yellow Bush-violet
- Browallia mirabilis S. Leiva
- Browallia speciosa Hook. - Amethyst flower or Bush-violet
Use in Colombian folk medicine
The Ingano of Mocoa in the Colombian department of Putumayo chew the leaves of Browallia speciosa to a pulp and pack the resultant material around decaying molars to alleviate the pain of toothache.
Flower and foliage of Browallia americana, wild plant, Costa Rica.
Streptosolen : a monotypic genus closely related to the genus Browallia. S. jamesonii was formerly classified as a Browallia and is still sometimes known colloquially as "Orange Browallia".
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- The Plant List http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl1.1/search?q=Browallia Retrieved 1.57 on 28/2/19
- Schultes, Richard Evans and Raffauf, Robert F. The Healing Forest - Medicinal and Toxic Plants of the Northwest Amazonia, pub. Dioscorides Press, Portland, Oregon (an imprint of Timber Press,Inc.) 1990 ISBN 0-931146-14-3 pps. 418-19.
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