Veronica beccabunga

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Veronica beccabunga
Veronica beccabunga plant2.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica
Species: V. beccabunga
Binomial name
Veronica beccabunga
L.

Brooklime (Veronica beccabunga), also called European speedwell, is a succulent herb belonging to the family Plantaginaceae. It grows on the margins of brooks and ditches in Europe, North Africa and north and western Asia.[1] It can be found on other continents as an introduced species. It has smooth spreading branches, blunt oblong leaves and small bright blue or pink flowers.[1]

The species name beccabunga comes from Danish bekkebunge (literally "brook bunch") or a similar source.[2]

Medicinal usage[edit]

Brooklime was of three traditional antiscorbutic herbs, used (alongside scurvy grass and watercress) in purported remedies for scurvy. However none of these herbs are rich in Vitamin C and the usual preparation by extracting of juices would have destroyed most of their content, rendering the preparations ineffectual against true scurvy.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Brooklime". Encyclopædia Britannica. 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 646. 
  2. ^ CalFlora Botanical Names
  3. ^ Hughes, R.E. (1990). "The rise and fall of the "antiscorbutics": some notes on the traditional cures for "land scurvy"". Medical History. 34: 52–64. doi:10.1017/s0025727300050262. PMC 1036000Freely accessible. PMID 2405219. 

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