Description & Remarks. @More on this species in the Shroud of Turin, December 2nd See more from the Botanic Library. Gundelia tournefortii is a PERENNIAL growing to m (1ft 4in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. Gundelia tournefortii (Asteraceae): Each spiny bur (involucre) contains one seed- bearing achene. Out of twelve bur-like husks, only three contained potentially.

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Bene Tourneforgii Nature Reserve Derivation of the botanical name: In muscle and adipose tissues, insulin promotes the exocytic traffic of intracellular GLUT4 vessels towards the plasma membrane to elicit a rapid increase in glucose uptake [ 82526 ]. Right plant wrong place. We had recently tested several medicinal plants extracts mechanisms in increasing glucose uptake and found that Trigonella foenum-graecumUrtica dioicaAtriplex halimusCinnamomum officianalisand Ocimum basilicum increase glucose disposal by enhancing the glucose transporter 4 GLUT4 translocation to the plasma membrane [ 910 ].

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licensewhich permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Insulin increases GLUT4 translocation to the surface of myoblasts, where it mediates the increase in glucose uptake [ 826 ].

This plant is native to the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle-East.

In March akoub plants are cut at the base and the prickles removed. Plains and mountains to metres[]. Remarkable for a member of the Cichorieae tribe are also the disk floretsa trait that is further only tourneforti in Warionia saharae. Gundelia however is herbaceous, has monofloral primary flowerheads combined into groups of five to seven, the centre floret hermaphrodite, the marginal florets functionally male, and those groups combined in ovoid spiny florescences at the end of the stem, and spiny leaves, florets dull yellow to dull purple on the inside, purple to rusty on the outside.


BoxJenin, State of Palestine. The Families and Genera of Vascular Plants. Five to seven of these monofloral flowerheads combine into secondary flowerheads, each subtended by a spiny bract hardly or substantially longer than the secondary flowerheads, with only the centre floret developing a cypselaand the surrounding ones only gundeliw pollen.

Gundelia tournefortii

The thick flowering stem, with the young and still undeveloped flower buds, is sold in the local markets in Jerusalem[2]. The phytochemicals, polysaccharides, flavonoids [ 5 ], terpenoids, tannins and steroids [ 6 ], and others, were reported to possess antidiabetic activity [ 2 ]. When the seeds of the dead fruit are ready to be dispersed, the base of the stem is disconnected from the thick root by means of an especially weak tissue which develops at just the right time.

The plant also contains compounds that have been demonstrated to be effective against a range of ailments.

Gundelia tournefortii Tournefort’s gundelia PFAF Plant Database

The fruits as well as roots can be roasted and ground to be used as substitute coffee, tournefortoi is known as “kenger kahvesi”. Opinions differ about the number of species in Gundelia.

This species, native to semi-desert areas of Jerusalem and the Near East, is related to thistles and artichokes. The involucral bracts of the secondary flowerheads are merged into a brown, durable, hard cup with a fibery fringe. The style picks up the pollen on hairs along its length and splits into two style branches at its tip. Views Read Edit View history.


Early in the year, Gundelia plants growing in the wild are cut at the base and the thorns are removed. Such a high density makes it very unlikely that this would merely be the result of the Shroud having been exposed to the wind, particularly because Gundelia is an insect-pollinated, not a wind-pollinated plant.

Traditionally, Gundelia is used to treat a wide variety of ailments such as liver diseases, diabeteschest pain, heart attackspain in the chest and the stomach, leukodermadiarrhea and bronchitis. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil[]. Indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded.

The genus Gundelia is named to honor Andreas von Gundelsheimer —a German botanist, while the species name tournefortii was named tourneortii Joseph Pitton de Tourneforta French botanist, who together undertook a botanical journey to the Levantduring which the species was collected, described and illustrated. MTT 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazolyl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazoliumbromide is a water soluble tetrazolium salt.

Moreover, the chemical composition of G. Once delivered to the mitochondria, it is converted to an insoluble purple formazan by succinate dehydrogenase. The species is hermaphrodite has both male and female organs and is pollinated by Insects.

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Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the chemical composition of G. Avinoam PDFretrieved Immature flowering heads – cooked.

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