Botanical Garden Trip By Brandon Kuo

Saw Palmetto

The Saw Palmetto plant helps cure patients with prostate cancer. The stems or trunks are rarely produced, but are found in some populations. It is a hardy plant; extremely slow-growing, and long-lived, with some plants, especially in Florida possibly being as old as 500–700 years. These plants have very long leaves growing out of the stem. Near the leaves there may be berries which were staple foods and medicines for the Native Americans of the Southeastern United States. Believe it or no but the berries were used by men to treat urinary problems during the early 1900's.

Scientific Name of Plant: Serenoa repens/Sabal serrulata

Common Name of Plant: Saw Palmetto

Type of Plant: Medicinal

Habitat: Lives in Warm and Moist Parts of Florida

Color of Plant: Mostly a Darkish Green

Thickness of Leaf: Very Thin

Flower/Buds: No

Saw Palmetto

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a well known plant that's juices in the leaf/offsets help treat rashes and mosquito bites. Aloe usually produces flowers during the summer seasons. Although there is little scientific evidence of the effectiveness or safety of Aloe Vera extracts for either cosmetic or medicinal purposes. A research study finding positive evidence is frequently contradicted by other studies. Despite this, the cosmetic and alternative medicine industries regularly make claims regarding the soothing, moisturizing, and healing properties of Aloe Vera. The medicinal use for Aloe dates far back to the 16th century B.C. first appearing in the Ebers Papyrus.

Scientific Name of Plant: Aloe vera/ Aloeaceae

Common Name of Plant: Aloe Vera

Type of Plant: Medicinal

Habitat: Grows Wild in Tropical Climates Around the World

Color of Plant: Green to Grayish-Green

Thickness of Leaves: Thick and Fleshy

Flower/Buds: Only in the Summer

Aloe Vera


The Cinchona Tree Bark is a treatment used for Malaria and fevers. The Cinchona has been in high demand since the early 17th Century when the first Americans and Europeans heard on the curing power of the plant. The bark of the Cinchona contains many chemicals including quinine, which is the source of antimalarial medications. Quinine and it's derivatives target the DNA of Plasmodium parasites (Causes Malaria), disrupting their ability to survive in the victims blood.

Scientific Name of Plant: Cinchona officinalis

Common Name of Plant: Cinchona/ Cinchona Tree

Type of Plant: Medicinal

Habitat: The Cinchona is Native to Central and South America Specifically the Andes Mountains in Ecuador

Color of Plant: Dark Green

Thickness of Leaves: Large Thinnish Leaves

Flowers/ Buds: Yes

Cinchona Bark
Cinchona Leaf

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