Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Rubus ellipticus

Rubus ellipticus or Golden Himalayan Raspberry is plenty nearby Shingkhar Primary School, where I had my primary education. I remember having it in abundance when I was a student there. It boosted our energy, satiated our hunger and quenched our thirst when our home is too far to reach. Experts say that its barks and juice has the medicinal values to treat and cure coughs, fevers, colic and many more. Now is the right time of the year to have it. But students there might have surely missed it due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rubia Codifolia

This is rubia cordifolia, commonly known as Indian madder/common madder or btsod in Bhutanese  and Tibetan terms. Do you know its uses? Please share here.

Rubia Cordifolia


What an amazing piece of engineering!

Saturday, July 25, 2020


1. This plant is known as 'Kretey' in my mother tongue.
2. Scientific name: Houttuynia cordata.
3. Other name: fish mint, fish leaf, rainbow plant, chameleon plant, heart leaf, fish wort, Chinese lizard tail, or bishop's weed.
4. Uses: Both its leaves and roots can be used as ingredient for making salads/chilli salad and curry.

Curry plant

Dhongdhongma/dhongdhongmai Mēnto in my mother tongue.
Scientific name: Helichrysum italicum
Other name: Curry plant because of the strong smell of its leaves. Other common names include Italian strawflower and immortelle.
Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helichrysum_italicum