Wednesday, June 27, 2018

oenothera -

Oenothera is a genus of about 125 species of annual plants. Oenothera is an example genus for the Onagraceae family. This plant is native to America.

This plant belongs to the genus Onagra, which is where the family name of Onagraceae originated. Onagra - means "onager food" - first used in 1587 in botany and in the Gardeners Dictionary: Abridged in 1754 by Philip Miller. The modern name Oenothera - first used by Carl Linnaeus in his Systema Naturæ - also has a donkey-related name, meaning "donkey catcher".

In Greek oeno means "donkey", while thera means "catch, trap, hunt". It is believed that the name came from the poison used to trap donkeys and other animals. In 1860, William Baird suspected that oeno could be translated as "wine" in Greek.

This plant is believed to effectively cure asthma cough, gastrointestinal disorders, pertussis, and as pain relievers.