Sea Holly (Acanthus ebracteatus)


The Sea Holly (Acanthus ebracteatus Vahl 1791), also called holly mangrove is a tropical plant from the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae), native to the underwoods of mangroves in South East Asia. Leaves of the Sea Holly (Acanthus ebracteatus) and also other Acanthus species are traditionaly used in nature medicine in South East Asia to treat inflammations and rheumatism. Seeds of Acanthus plants are a remedy for persistent boils and intestinal worms. In Malaysia roots are used as medicine for snakebites. The juice of the leaves should prevent hair loss. Sea Holly (Acanthus ebracteatus) reach a height of about 2 meters. The flowers reach a size of about 2,5 cm long and 1,5 cm wide.

Sea Holly (Acanthus ebracteatus)
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