from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of plants, generally with dotted leaves and yellow flowers; -- called also St. John's-wort.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large genus of plants, the type of the natural order Hypericineæ containing about 160 species, very generally distributed over the earth, characterized by having pentamerous flowers with the stamens commonly clustered into 3 to 5 parcels.
- n. [l. c] A plant of this genus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large almost cosmopolitan genus of evergreen or deciduous shrubs and herbs with often showy yellow flowers; cosmopolitan except tropical lowlands and Arctic or high altitudes and desert regions
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There are many ancient superstitions regarding this plant, its name Hypericum is derived from the Greek and means 'over an apparition,' a reference to the belief that it smelled so obnoxious to evil spirits that a whiff of it would cause them to fly.
Trees are absent at such high elevations, although some bushes and shrubs such as Hypericum revoltum do occur.
St Johns Wort (Hypericum): - Very effective antiviral.
They are dominated by Cyperus latifolius with C. aterrimus or Hypericum lanceolatum, Alchemilla cryptantha, Anagallis angustiloba and Jussiaea repens.
-- Blueridge St. Johnswort (Hypericum buckleyi) is a native shrub that will colonize an area and create an effective summer groundcover with yellow flowers.
What it is: A yellow-flowered plant, Hypericum perforatum.
Our Hypericum frondosum was moved to more sun and is pouting.
Thiele et al., “Modulation of Cytokine Expression by Hypericum Extract,” Nevenheilkunde 12 1993: 353–356.
Sleitz, “Effects of Long-Term Administration of Hypericum Extracts on the Affinity and Density of the Central Serotonergic 5-HT1 A and 5-HT2 A Receptors,” Pharmacopsychiatry 30 1997: 113–116; B.
Above 3,000 m, cold becomes an important factor, tree stature declines, and Podocarpus is replaced by Hypericum spp ..