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Egyptian lotus

The roots and flowerbuds of the Egyptian lotus (Nymphaea lotus) are edible, and were eaten particularly in times of famine. Other parts of the plant were used medicinally for a...

Cat’s whiskers or African Cabbage

Cat’s whiskers’ (Cleome gynandra) leaves are used for relieving sinus headaches and chest congestion. In Ayurvedic medicine it is also used for treating tapeworms. The young shoots and leaves are...

False ashoka or mast tree

The mast tree is commonly used in traditional systems of medicine for the treatment of fever, skin diseases, diabetes, hypertension and parasites. The wood is also very useful. In the late...

Varnish croton

The varnish croton (Croton laccifer) is a small tree to growing to 10 metres, found wild in India and Sri Lanka. The softly-hairy leaves are around 10 cm long; the...

Blackberry lily

The blackberry lily (Iris domestica) is thought to have originated in China where it has long been used medicinally. Slices of the rhizome are commonly used for clearing phlegm from...

pistol

A pistol belonging to one of the Exeter Javelin Men. The Javelin Men supported the High Sheriff of Devon when they came to Exeter to meet the Assize Judges. This...

pistol

A pistol belonging to one of the Exeter Javelin Men. The Javelin Men supported the High Sheriff of Devon when they came to Exeter to meet the Assize Judges. This...

Indian heliotrope

All parts of the Indian heliotrope plant are used in Indian traditional medicine. It is believed to be a remedy for ulcers, sores and wounds, skin diseases, insect stings, rheumatism,...