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14 / Dec / 2011
A Pharmacy in a Flower!
Glory Lily, Coorg Photograph: Samyak Kaninde Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

A Pharmacy in a Flower!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the prettiest pharmacist of them all? Just meander along the bejeweled emerald aisles of Coorg, and the answer will leave you in no doubt. After all, which other apothecary is so cheerful and inviting, bedecked in brilliant shades of yellow and red, reaching out majestically with wispy green tendrils? Messrs Glory Lily & Co of Coorg (with branches around the world) are a dispensary open 24×7, stocking all manners of medicines to deal with ailments as varied as ulcers, piles, abdominal cramps, infertility, bruises, intestinal worms, skin infections, thirst, and leprosy. And, like we mentioned before, they lay an undue emphasis on aesthetics and unabashed use of color to attract an audience. But, you’d do well to remember that within every benevolent Dr. Jekyll could lurk a malevolent Mr. Hyde. The Glory Lily reveals its true colors to those who know their plant lore: it’s not only a repository of healing, but also a ready dispenser of the arcane arts of poison. All parts of this plant contain toxic quantities of colchicines and related alkaloids, with the tuber being especially malignant, and often fatal, if ingested. Even minimal contact with the petals and stems can cause rashes and skin irritation. But, just like how a poisonous snake’s venom is the vital ingredient in creating anti-venom, it is these very same toxins of the Glory Lily that go into making some of the most efficacious remedies in traditional medicine. This unique form of ‘Flower Therapy’ once again goes to prove that one man’s poison is very often another’s salvation.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. Raj the Tora says:

    Excellent pic. The same grows in Vedanthangal as well.

  2. Chayaa Nanjappa says:

    AWESOME PICTURE.THE PHOTOGRAPHY IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.I have always loved watching the blooms & had assumed it to be a exotic wild orchid.The writeup was informative.Keep the good work going.

  3. P.G.Premila says:

    Thank you again, Orange County. Viewing “Landscapes” is the next best thing to being at Orange County. Had recently persuaded friends to come there…they simply loved it!

  4. Kannan .K.V. says:

    Very informative article.Never knew the existence of this flower in spite of many visits to Orange county ,Coorg. The photograph is breathtaking, absolutely fantastic!!!
    Thanks.

  5. Kirana says:

    Superb!Superb! Glory be thine….”Gloriosa superba”! Three cheers to Orange County for posting such interesting information.

  6. VIMAL V.PATEL says:

    IT IS THE MERE PRESENCE OF SUCH COLORFUL NATURAL REMEDY ALONG WITH AMBIENCE OF ORANGE COUNTY THAT GIVES US THE FEELING OF HEAVEN.THE REAL SERENITY ON EARTH

  7. jyoti aggarwal says:

    beautiful

  8. Aj says:

    Good one Sam! Keep it up..

  9. Narayanan Raju says:

    The writeup was as excellent as the photograph. Very sharp picture and simply superb!

  10. Anu Elisha says:

    Fantastic photograph! Cool caption and wonderful informative write-up (as always) ;-);-);-)

  11. reshma says:

    nice gallery

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