TG2906 : Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum)

taken 1 year ago, near to Postwick, Norfolk, Great Britain

Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum)
Tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum)
This plant is a relative of St John's wort and native to western and southern Europe and Iran. It can commonly be found growing in damp or shaded habitats including deciduous woodland and hedgerows. When the leaves are crushed, they smell slightly aromatic.

The common name of the plant is derived from "Toutesaine" which means "all healthy" and indeed it was an important medicinal plant in the Middle Ages when it was used for treating a number of diseases including cholera. The Physicians of Myddfai wrote that “The mugwort, madder, meadow sweet, milfoil, hemp, red cabbage, and the tutsan, all these seven herbs enter into the composition of the medicine required. Whosoever obtains them all, will not languish long from a wounded lung, or need fear for his life.” The 19th century herbalist Culpeper recommended it for treating sciatica, gout and for healing burnings by fire.
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Sunday, 6 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 6 August, 2017
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2987 0618 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.2842N 1:23.5993E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 2987 0616
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