A hairy vine that grows to 10 feet, with a strong and somewhat offensive odor. The leaves are dark green with three lobes, and a flower that when closed is pale pink, and when open, is speckled with brown and mauve. It is often described as having a heart or duck shape.
It's also known as duck flower, Alcatraz, and hierba del indio.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Hypotensive, emmenagogue, antiparasitic, abortifacient, antivenomous. Treats hangovers, flu, colds, constipation, stomachache, indigestion, gas, gastritis, sinusitis, muscle pain.
For muscle pain, use an elastic bandage to apply the leaves directly to the affected area overnight. For sinusitis, soak a 6-inch piece of vine in 1 quart water in the sun all day. Sip over a 12-hour period. You can repeat this for a second day, if necessary. For snakebites, chew the leaves, and pack into the fang marks. For all other ailments, boil a handful of chopped vine in 3 cups water for 10 minutes. Strain, and drink warm before meals.