Wild plants in and around Shimane 島根とその周辺の野生植物




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Species in the genus Swertia:

Swertia bimanculata / Akebonosou
Swertia japonica / Senburi
Swertia pseudochinensis / Murasakisenburi
Swertia tosaensis / Inusenburi


Swertia japonica / Senburi センブリ

Swertia japonica is a biennial herb inhabiting sunny grasslands; stems grow to 20-25cm in height, tinging light purple. In a slender linear shape, leaves are of opposite phyllotaxis, 1-4cm in length. Flowers measure 2-3cm in diameter, cleft deeply in five, each lobe is white, with purple stripes. Any part of the body gives a strong bitter taste. The Japanese name 'Senburi,' or one thousand swings, implies swinging it even one thousand times doesn't make it possible to get rid of the bitterness. Bloom time: September-November.




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