Plants: Taking Root (Ming Hawkins) By Ming Hawkins

Plant: Jasmine Flower

Scientific Name: Jasminum

Classification: vascular/seeded/angiosperm/dicot

Human uses: The nectar of the fragrant flowers of Carolina Jasmine, Gelsemium sempervirens, is poisonous, although its dried roots are used in medicinal preparations as a sedative. Jasmine is also used to heal the female reproductive system, and in teas, herbal bathes, skin creams, soaps and potpourri, some cosmetics and perfumes.

The Jasmine Flower is native to tropical and warm or temperate regions

Sources:

http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/giftflowers/flowersandfragrances/jasmine

http://igentry.blogspot.com/2009/05/interesting-facts-about-jasmine.html

Plant: Jade Vine

Scientific Name: Strongylodon macrobotrys

Classification: vascular/seeded/angiosperm/dicot

Human Uses: Jade vine is cultivated as an ornamental plant.

The Jade Vine's brightly colored flowers are quite luminous at night to attract its pollinators, bats.

The Jade Vine is native to the Philippines

Sources:

http://www.edenproject.com/learn/for-everyone/plant-profiles/jade-vine

http://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:519595-1

Plant: Aloe Vera

Scientific Name: Aloe Barbadensis Miller

Classification: vascular/seeded/angiosperm/monocot

Human Uses: Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant and is used for heart burn relief, keeping produce fresh, lowering your blood sugar, skin care, and many more.

Aloe Vera grows naturally in: North Africa, East Africa, South Africa, India, China, the countries around the Mediterranean Sea, the countries around the Red Sea and in Indian Ocean islands. Large plantations of Aloe Vera are in: Texas, California, Arizona and Mexico.

Sources:

http://www.aloe-vera-remedies.com/scientific-name-of-aloe-vera.html

http://www.healthline.com/health/7-amazing-uses-aloe-vera#Digestion6

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