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Bur Marigold Bidens laevis

Cooper Marsh Conservation Area, Lancaster, Ontario, Canada
September 18, 2011

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It’s been a couple of beauty days here in the GWN, a tad cool in the mornings but who’s complaining? We’ll be up to our bums in snow soon enough. Wandered round T’Marsh today and, as usual, the birdies were very conspicuous by their absence. I think the Dragonflies were taking a day off as well. Just the odd one bustling about. Tourists were at a minimum, too, although there was one group of very earnest bird watchers wandering about, loaded up with all kinds of expensive spotting scopes and tripods. I greeted them with a cheery “Bonjour” and felt like telling them they were wasting their bloody time, but why spoil it for them? There was the odd feathered friend way off in the distance and some tiny chirpy things in the bushes. Couldn’t see them, of course.

So I focused on the flowers. Less frustration.

With thanks to Wikipedia

Bidens is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. It contains about 200 species. The common names beggarticks, bur-marigolds, stickseeds, tickseeds and tickseed sunflowers refer to the achene burrs on the seeds of this genus, most of which are barbed. The generic name refers to the same fact; it means “two-tooth”, from Latin bis “two” + dens “tooth”.

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Medicinal Action and Uses

This plant was formerly valued for its diuretic and astringent properties, and was employed in fevers, gravel, stone and bladder and kidney troubles generally, and was considered also a good styptic and an excellent remedy for ruptured blood-vessels and bleeding of every description, of benefit to consumptive patients.

Culpepper tells us that it was called Hepatorium “because it strengthens the liver, it healeth and drieth, cutteth and cleanseth thick and tough humours of the breast and for this I hold it inferior to few herbs that grow . . . it helpeth the dropsy and yellow jaundice; it opens the obstruction of the liver, mollifies the hardness of the spleen, being applied outwardly. . . it is an excellent remedy for the third day ague; . . . it kills worms and cleanseth the body of sharp humours which are the cause of itch and scab; the herb being burnt, the smoke thereof drives away flies, wasps, etc. It strengthens the lungs exceedingly. Country people give it to their cattle when they are troubled with cough or are broken-winded.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 28 to 300 at 300 mm, circular polarizer
iso 100, multi-pattern metering, F6.3, 1/160 second

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