Saturday, April 2, 2011

Phillip Island's pig face creeper more than a pretty flower

Growing in the sand dunes (in coastal areas like Phillip Island) are pig face creepers with long trailing stems that explode into bright pink flowers that say, "Hey, look at me! I'm useful as well as beautiful."

Did you know that the juice obtained by splitting open the fleshy leaves can be used to soothe and heal the pain and inflammation of insect bites and sunburn? The gel is very similar to that of Aloe vera.

As bush tucker, the fruits of pig face can be eaten. I have to admit I haven't tried eating them, but it's said that the juicy pulp, when sucked from the base of the fruit tastes like salty strawberries or soft figs.

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