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« Reply #15: June 27, 2011, 08:37:10 pm »

I recently came across Bat's Head Root (also called Goat's Head, Devil's Head, and Bulls' Head Root). I  had no trouble finding uses for it, however, I can find nothing on what it actually is other than "a root from Mexico."

It really doesn't look like a root to me, more like a pod. Does anyone know anything about what type of plant this is and if it really is a root?

Any information would be helpful.

Trapa bicornis aka Water Caltrop is in the footnotes of the link Starglade nicely provided and there is a ton of info about that if you Google the Latin. Wikipedia has several other names for it and if you want to search for different kinds of lore, using one of those would probably yield some results. An image search for the Latin name will result in some pics of the plant with leaves - though the wiki says it does have 2 kinds of leaves and they are largely submerged. The flower is hermaphroditic, but I do not know if the root or nut would be classified as masculine or feminine. Element wise, I'd guess water. Planet wise, no clue. You'd have to dig into the lore and if that is not available hmm. Maybe check into where it is native and see what skies are above for planting and harvest? Deities other than those mentioned are likely IMO given it has lore and nativity in a few countries.

Pretty cool flower: http://www.huamu.cn/bbs/answermore.asp?id=471

Oh my, and a Flickr search of the Latin name yields many interesting photos. Sometimes if you dig through those you'll come across captions that are helpful. Plant folk usually like the Latin or require it for tagging if it is to be included in certain photo pools, so there are likely to be even more under the common monikers.

Sometimes plant lore connects to dietary or medicinal uses but I could only guess here. Not sure when the link between it and the Fasciolopsiasis (from the wiki) it can transmit was discovered or if it is assumed b/c it is a water plant that it can. However, if it has been common knowledge for a while (prior to formal discovery) that it can transmit the Fasciolopsiasis (or likely some other name for it), it would seem to make sense that it may have at least dual fold lore. Though, "seeming to make sense" doesn't count for much sometimes with plants as I am discovering.

That's one cool nut pod though.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/xuessium/5648088881/ <- That caption makes me think heading for lore by way of China may be a goldmine of info.

Went digging a tiny and found this: http://sennyong.blogspot.com/2009/11/good-health-anti-cancer-ling-jiao-trapa.html



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« Reply #16: June 28, 2011, 10:47:02 pm »

Trapa bicornis aka Water Caltrop is in the footnotes of the link Starglade nicely provided and there is a ton of info about that if you Google the Latin. Wikipedia has several other names for it and if you want to search for different kinds of lore, using one of those would probably yield some results. An image search for the Latin name will result in some pics of the plant with leaves - though the wiki says it does have 2 kinds of leaves and they are largely submerged. The flower is hermaphroditic, but I do not know if the root or nut would be classified as masculine or feminine. Element wise, I'd guess water. Planet wise, no clue. You'd have to dig into the lore and if that is not available hmm. Maybe check into where it is native and see what skies are above for planting and harvest? Deities other than those mentioned are likely IMO given it has lore and nativity in a few countries.

Pretty cool flower: http://www.huamu.cn/bbs/answermore.asp?id=471

Oh my, and a Flickr search of the Latin name yields many interesting photos. Sometimes if you dig through those you'll come across captions that are helpful. Plant folk usually like the Latin or require it for tagging if it is to be included in certain photo pools, so there are likely to be even more under the common monikers.

Sometimes plant lore connects to dietary or medicinal uses but I could only guess here. Not sure when the link between it and the Fasciolopsiasis (from the wiki) it can transmit was discovered or if it is assumed b/c it is a water plant that it can. However, if it has been common knowledge for a while (prior to formal discovery) that it can transmit the Fasciolopsiasis (or likely some other name for it), it would seem to make sense that it may have at least dual fold lore. Though, "seeming to make sense" doesn't count for much sometimes with plants as I am discovering.

That's one cool nut pod though.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/xuessium/5648088881/ <- That caption makes me think heading for lore by way of China may be a goldmine of info.

Went digging a tiny and found this: http://sennyong.blogspot.com/2009/11/good-health-anti-cancer-ling-jiao-trapa.html





yey google mining!
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« Reply #17: June 28, 2011, 11:54:56 pm »

yey google mining!

So far in a project to identify the local plant life image searching with Google has not been super productive. I'll drag a photo of some fuzzy weed and as likely get hairstyles and fashion accessories as plants. It's of some odd relief to be able to find something fairly quickly. Some species have had me paging through all sorts of field guides, calling green thumb people and Googling till all hours w/o luck. I've a date with three shrubs and a snakey little bloom this weekend. Yeah, not exactly glamorous. Oh well.

I'd like a global clickable database of all plants with sections that can be minimized including medicinal uses, different lore, magical properties, growing guide, chemical make up and photos of all stages of development. And recipes too! (Dandelions like you have, I wonder how they are perceived elsewhere, you know?)  All in one spot for easy cross-reference.

It'd be interesting to see how a plant like this one is perceived around the world and in different arenas of thought on one page. A plant like any issue can be viewed from such a variety of perspectives, but unlike most abstract issues, a plant looks at you back from its own perspective and will not be denied, unproved or argued. There's no good or bad in a plant and Shakespeare's old line "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." applies so concretely that it facilitates transference to the more abstract issues. At least for me, that is calming.

Sorry for going on tangent. Putting off sleep like a wanton child over here.


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