Plant Database

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Welcome to our Plant Photo Gallery and Database. Explore, discover and learn from a collection of regularly updated descriptions, photographs and herbarium vouchers (pressed images) of diverse flora found at the two Santa Fe Botanical Garden sites.

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Anemopsis californica
lizard's tail, yerba mansa
Saururaceae - Lizard's Tail
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Museum Hill
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Herbarium voucher

The green leaves are leathery, oblong, and mainly basal. It grows in moist, shady areas.
Mature Size
6 inches to 1 1/2 ft.
Flower Color
Yerba mansa has a white, spiked, cone-shaped, 1 to 2 inches long inflorescence. The spike is surrounded by 4 to 8, striking, 1/2 to 1 inch long, white bracts that are often mistaken for petals. It blooms all summer.
Interesting Facts
According to Leonora Curtin in Healing Herbs of the Upper Rio Grande, (L.S.M. Curtin 1947) that probably among the Spanish Americans of the region, no other plant enjoys so wide a medicinal fame as Yerba mansa, or has a higher repute. Both Spanish Californians and Spanish New Mexicans declare that its creeping aromatic root is applied in a tea, powder or poultice with excellent results in all manner of ailments in men and animals..
Traditional and Medicinal Uses
Yerba Mansa's active compound is methyleugenol, which has been used to treat irritable stomach, inflammation of mucus membranes, swollen gums and muscles, sore throat, rheumatic diseases like gout and to prevent buildup of uric acid crystals in the kidneys. This plant also has anti fungal properties and has been used to alleviate athlete's foot and diaper rash. It is said to also keep away witches.
Santa Fe Botanical Garden Sites
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Museum Hill