Happy New Year 2012!
Did you get a hangover from last night’s celebrations? Maybe you had too much kra chai dam and consequently a pounding heart? The antidote according to the locals is the juice from pounded leaves of the native ‘laurel clockvine’, Thunbergia laurifolia (Acanthaceae):
There seems to be some scientific support for its detoxifying properties. In any case, this native liana is a superb garden ornamental and grows at Dokmai Garden in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. T. laurifolia flowers right now in the surrounding jungles. The English Wikipedia article erroneously depicts T. grandiflora under the article of T. laurifolia. The flowers of T. laurifolia are more intensively blue than the much more commonly grown. T. grandiflora. The leaves are strikingly different, elongated and leathery in T. laurifolia, broad and ivy-like in T. grandiflora. If anybody has the time to change, please do, and feel free to use this picture and let me know when done so I can update this text. I am too busy with the garden to correct the many mistakes on internet.
Text & Photo: Eric Danell