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Galphimie glauque (Galphimia glauca) - Jardin botanique Val Rahmeh-Menton © MNHN - Agnès Iatzoura
Galphimie glauque (Galphimia glauca) - Jardin botanique Val Rahmeh-Menton © MNHN - Agnès Iatzoura

Shower-of-gold

The flowers of the Galphimia glauca are made into an infusion to soothe nerve problems. Its soothing properties have earned it the name “noche buena” (good night) in Mexican folk medicine.

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Common name
Shower-of-gold, slender goldshower, noche buena
Binominal name
Galphimia glauca Cav.

Taxonomy

Kingdom
Plantae
Family
Malpighiaceae
Synonyms
Thryallis glauca (Cav.) Kuntze

Detailed Informations

Area of origin
Mexico

Etymology

Galphimia is an anagram of related genus Malphigia. Glauca, “glaucous”, refers to the leaves.

Description and flowering period

Galphimia glauca is a robust, fast-growing shrub reaching 1,5 meter in height. Its trunk and branches are reddish in colour, its leaves are blue-green, persistent, lance shaped and positioned opposite each other on thin branchlets. The flowers are yellow and borne in clusters which bloom successively in waves.

Habitat

It requires a warm climate and dry soil. It is only hardy to –2°C.

Uses

  • Medicinal: The flowers are infused to treat nerves.

Notes

Due to its relaxing properties, the plant is referred to as “noche buena” (good night) in Mexican folk medicine.

Translated by: François Saint-Hillier – MNHN