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Hoja Sen

Caesalpinia pulcherrima


It is a species of flowering plant in the pea family, Fabaceae, that is native to the tropics and subtropics of the Americas. Its exact origin is unknown due to widespread cultivation.[1] Common names for this species include Poinciana, Peacock Flower, Red Bird of Paradise, Mexican Bird of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Pride of Barbados, and flamboyan-de-jardin.




In 1948 a revolution occurs in Costa Rica. A teacher that was sent to a place call the evils´s elbow, to be executed; ate several of this leaves that happens to be a laxative, in orther to cause himself a diarrhea, and told the soldiers that he gets infected with colera.... Because of this, he was separeted from the rest of the people, So he escaped, and control the diarhea by eating Yuca (Manihot esculenta) which is good in starches and them move to Guatemala until things where better in my country.... He was my father....

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AngB 6 years ago

I can imagine your children, as little kids, hearing what their grandfather had to do to escape death... !!!

Thanks for your comment, That is a history that my children also like.

AngB 6 years ago

This plant is so common in gardens... but what a nice story with it!

SFrazier: I was checking on the link and it looks just like the same plant....
Thanks for sharing...

Thats right Karen....

Thanks Emma

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Wow. Interesting family history involving this plant! There are other historical links as well, one here

Hema Shah
Hema Shah 6 years ago

Amazing , Jonathan!

KarenL 6 years ago

Wow! What an amazing piece of family history Jonathan!
I guess we all have a lot to thank this plant for! :)

Vistes Karina, a mis hijos les gusta la versión completa.... Gracias por tu apreciación saludos desde Costa Rica.

Increíble historia! Y hermosa fotografía! ^_^

En 1948 durante una revolución en Costa Rica. Un maestro que fue enviado a un lugar llama codo del diablo, para ser ejecutado; comió varias de estas hojas las cuales son un laxante, con la idea de causase una diarrea, y dijo a los soldados que se habia infectado de colera. ... Debido a esto, él fue separado del resto de las personas, así que él se escapó, y logró controlar la diarhea comiendo yuca (Manihot esculenta), la cual es rica en almidones Luego de ellos se fue a Guatemala hasta que las cosas mejoraron en mi país .... El era mi padre ....

San José, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.39, Long: -84.15

Spotted on Apr 7, 2012
Submitted on May 3, 2012

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