Freshcut Plant Information

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Justicia pectoralis is an herb in the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae). This water-willow is widely known as tilo in Latin America and in Cuba. In Haiti it is called chapantye and zeb chapanty on Dominica and Martinique. Other folk names are freshcut,chambcarpintero ("carpenter"), t criollo ("Criollo tea"), curia, death-angel, masha-harivari, or "piri piri kiri kos kesh". This species was described by Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1760, who provided additional data in 1763. A well-marked variety, var. stenophylla, was described by Emery Clarence Leonard in 1958.

Across its range it is used in folk medicine as a relaxant and general tonic. Additionally it is often used in Ayahuasca, a tea containing the Banisteriopsis caapi vine.
As regards other applications, it is noted for its smell which is pleasant for many people but very unpleasant for others,
The name "tilo" could be by association with Tilia, the linden trees. These are entirely unrelated eudicots whose flowers have similar relaxant properties. The water-"willows" are not relatives of the true willows either; like the lindens, the latter belong to the rosid branch of the eudicots.

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