Centaury
Fact File
Taken at Tyninghame Bay on 18th September 2016 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
 

 
 
Centaury.
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Habit:
AKA:
Centaurium erythraea.
Gentianaceae.
Biennial Herb.
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Dry pastures and chalky cliffs.
Up to 0.5 mts.
June - September.
Used as a medical herb in many parts of Europe,it is mainly
prepared as a tea and thought to possess medical properties
beneficial for patients with gastric and liver diseases. 
Brought to Europe from Peru in c. 1639 by Jesuit priest Bernabé Cobo,
it was used in the treatment of malaria long before the widespread use of quinine.