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Henk Beentje H.Beentje at rbgkew.org.uk
Mon Mar 10 18:53:59 EST 1997

Gina Faustino Carvalho wrote:
> Hi! My name is Gina, and im currently studying biology at the University
> of Coimbra.
> Ive developed a great interest in plants and there medical properties.
> Lately ive seen a great amount of products in herb shops that claim 2 have
> extracts from a plant called Centella. This plant is supposedly cultivated in
> Brasil where its known 4 its miraculous properties in reducing or eliminating
> celulite.
> Ive searched my text books 4 information on this plant and none seems 2 b available. I cant even find its latin name, its almost as if it doesnt exist.

It exists all right, your books are just not very informative! There are 20 
species of Centella, they are all in the family Umbelliferae/Apiaceae; they grow 
mostly in S Africa, but *Centella asiatica* is pantropical.


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