Herb latin name: Corydalis govaniana
Family: Papaveraceae (Poppy Family)
Medicinal use of Corydalis govaniana:The root is alterative, antiperiodic, appetizer, diuretic, skin, tonic. It is used in the treatment of syphilis and cutaneous affections. The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine, where it is considered to have a sweet and bitter taste with a cooling potency. Antidote, anti-inflammatory, febrifuge and vermifuge, it is used in the treatment of disorders from poisoning, swelling of the limbs and stomach/intestinal pain due to worm infestation.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Shrubberies and open slopes, 2400 - 4800 metres.
Propagation of Corydalis govaniana:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe, the seed rapidly loses viability if it is allowed to become dry. Surface sow and keep moist, it usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 15°C. Germinates in spring according to another report. Two months warm, then a cold stratification improves the germination of stored seed. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be allowed to grow undisturbed in the pot for their first year. Apply liquid feed at intervals during their growing season to ensure they are well fed. The seedlings only produce one leaf in their first year of growth and are very prone to damping off. Divide the seedlings into individual pots once they have become dormant and grow them on in a partially shaded area of a greenhouse for at least another year. Plant them out into their permanent positions when they are dormant. Division after flowering.
Cultivation of the herb:Shrubberies and open slopes, 2400 - 4800 metres.
Known hazards of Corydalis govaniana:Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, there is a report that Corydalis species are potentially toxic in moderate doses.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.