Clearing the Confusion About Those South American Common Names: Huacapurana is Cumanda & Manaypa is Burbur

If the names of some of our products confuse you, let us help.

The gardeners out there will probably know that plants have Latin names that specifically distinguish each plant from other similar ones.  And most plants also have common names—these common names can vary and one plant can be called by many different common names. And a specific common name might even be used for more than one plant, which is why the Latin name is more important. I should mention, too, that sometimes the scientific world decides that a plant belongs in a different plant family and will alter the Latin name—but that is less commonly a problem.

I thought it might be useful to provide the Latin names and some of the common names for some of our new Rio Health products:

LATIN NAME                            COMMON NAMES

Phyllanthus niruri                       Chanca Piedra, Quebra Pedra, Stone Breaker

Phyllanthus niruri                       Bhumyamalaki, Quebra Pedra (as above)

Cecropia strigosa                      Takuna, Embauba, Yagrumo

Otoba parvifolia                         Banderilla

Campsiandra angustifolia         Cumanda, Huacapurana

Lepidium meyenii                      Maca, Peruvian Ginseng

Petroselinum crispum                Parsley

Stevia rebaudiana                     Stevia, Sweet Leaf

Berberis vulgaris                       Barberry, Agracejo

Mahonia aquifolium                   Barberry

Uncaria tomentosa                    Cat’s Claw, Samento, Saventaro, Una de Gato

Marsdenia condurango              Condurango      

Gentianella alborosea                Hercampuri       

Desmodium molliculum              Manayupa, Burbur, Amor Seco

Pimpinella anisum                       Anise                  

Phoradendron crassifolium         Mistletoe, Matapalo       

Calycophyllum spruceanum       Mulateiro                       

Triplaris peruviana                     Palo Santo, Tangarana

Cinchona calisaya                     Quina, Kina-Kina, Cascarilla, Peruvian Bark

Asparagus officinalis                  Sparga

 In case you haven't yet seen our amazing new Rio Health Tinctures range, these tinctures are each a 1:3 tincture, provided in a glass bottle with calibrated dropper for easy dispensing. There are 21 new products in this new range--all competitively priced. And, watch this space, some new tinctures will soon be added to the epigenar range—some of which will be certified organic. The epigenar range includes (or soon will include): 

            Achillea millefolium                Yarrow

            Inula helenium                       Elecampane, Enula                

            Hyssopus officinalis              Hyssop, Ezov

            Matricaria chamomilla           Chamomile, Babuna

            Matricaria recutita                  Chamomile, Babuna            

            Dipsacus sylvestris               Teasel

            Dipsacus fullonum                 Teasel

            Scutellaria baicalensis          Chinese Skullcap

            Nigella sativa                         Black Seed

            Cistus incanus                       Rock Rose

            Eugenia caryophyllata          Clove

            Syzgium aromaticum            Clove

            Curcuma longa                      Turmeric, Curcumin

            Sambucus nigra                    Elderberry

            Centella asiatica                    Gotu Kola, Mandookparni, Brahmi

            Bacopa monnieri                   Brahmi

            Zingiber officinale                  Ginger

            Andrographis paniculata       Kalmegh, Indian Echinacea

            Glycyrrhiza glabra                 Liquorice, Licorice

            Valeriana officinalis               Valerian, Amantilla

            Houttuynia cordata                Chameleon Plant

            Morinda citrifolia                    Noni

            Coriandrum sativum              Cilantro



            Not all the plants are South American despite the title of this blog

March 16, 2021 by Rose Holmes