What Medicines Come from Australasia?
The Australasia Rainforest is
located in Australia on the northwest shore, the Spice Inlands,
Indonesia, New Guinea, Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bhutan,
Thailand, Cambodia, India, and China. These are some plants that
are located there:
Banana and Plantain, (Musa x paradisiacal) These
plants are found in the Banana family.
Bananas and plantains are very alike and closely related. Plantains,
on the other hand, are used more for a starch than a fruit. Both
are native to Australia, but are now grown in the many tropical
forests. Though commonly the plantains are called "trees",
they are actually the world's largest herbaceous plants, but they
do not have woody stems like trees do.
|| Sugar Cane, (Saccharum officinarum) These plants are found in the
Sugar cane can grow up to 10 feet tall and are rich in sugar. The
stems of are crushed to remove the sweet juice, which is then processed
to get sugar or the a juice that is used to make a medicine. The juice
is used to make alcohol. Alcohol is used to clean cut or just to clean
grems off of something. Some parts of sugar cane are used to make
some cough drops.
|Mace, (Myristica fragrans) Mace comes from in between
the lining nutmeg shell and it's outer hush. Since mace comes from
nutmeg it has the same medical purpose.
| These plants are found in the Nutmeg family. Nutmeg
come from a group of inland called the Spice Inlands. Nutmeg has seeds
in it's insides. The seed is in a mottled yellow casing. Nutmeg is
a edible fruit, the almost the size and shape of a small peach. Nutmeg's
medicinal propose is to treat diarrhea, vomiting and nausea.
||Bamboo, (Bambusa spp. Phyllostachys spp.). These plants
are found in the Grass family. Bamboo is best known for its hard stems.
When the stems are crushed, they are curshed into bamboo juice.
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