Sun Opener Sinicuichi

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SINICUICHI (SUN OPENER) – HEIMIA SALICIFOLIA

Botanical name: Heimia salicifolia

Other names: Sinicuiche, Sun Opener, Sinicuichi

Family: Lythraceae

Distribution: Mexico, South America

ORIGIN: MEXICO

No information is available concerning the prehistoric use of Heimia salicifolia. It is possible that the plant was associated with the cult of Xochipilli, the Aztec god of spring and desire. During the 19th century, the plant was a recommended treatment for syphilis.

If often has been (incorrectly) assumed that the plant was named for the renowned Altasian mycologist Roger Heim. However, the genus Heimia, which consists of just three species, was actually named for Ernst Ludwig Heim (1747-1834), a physician from Berlin who introduced Alexander von Humboldt to botany.

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