Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ruby Tuesday: gumamela


Gumamela is a shrub that grows from one meter up to 4 meters high. Gumamela is also known as Hibiscus, China Rose and Shoeflower. In the Philippines, gumamela is cultivated as an ornamental plant and comes in many colors---red, yellow, orange, white, purple, pink and other color combination.

Gumamela leaves, usually blended with Rose Hip has long been used in the Middle East and Okinawa as herbal tea. Today, the use of gumamela tea is gaining worldwide popularity. This flower is associated with longevity. As herbal medicine, gumamela flower, leaves and roots are used. Gumamela has the following medicinal characteristics: expectorant, diuretic, emollient, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, anodyne and refrigerant. Read more...

Posted for Ruby Tuesday


11 comments:

Sidney said...

One of my favorite flowers!

stan said...

that is a nice fresh paint of red to begin the wk for me.

napaboaniya said...

Lovely red hibiscus :)

Mirage said...

I make them into oil...you know when playing cook as a child lol...or bubbles! :)

prkl said...

Nice, red flowa and lil bit of interesting info to go with it. Thanks for sharing it. Happy RT and have a great rest of the week!

Mojo said...

Brilliant color in this variety! most of the ones we see around here are more pastel shades. this is very vibrant!

Blue Eyed Tango said...

Very pretty and so informative..thank you!

Robin said...

We've got red hibiscus blooming all over my neighborhood right now, they're so pretty!

Dianne said...

very pretty against the white

bertN said...

Gumamela is the flower of my youth. Thanks for featuring them in your blog - I missed the flower and my youth, not necessarily in that order but I DO missed them both LOL.

Today is my birthday and it dawned on me that I am not only getting old but I am already there LOL.

ces said...

i think it was kind of rare for me to see red gumamelas, not sure...i have pink in my mind all the time. it's pretty!:)