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The Herbs
Oil Nut

Oil nut is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 10m in height, with palm shaped leaves up to 30 cm wide. The plant produces greenish flowers with prickly, round pods which contain the seeds.

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Pimento

Pimento is native to the West Indies, mainly Jamaica and Cuba. The tree can reach up to 10m in height and has an unusual whitish bark, with shiny green, oval leaves. The tree flowers from June-August and the berries these produce are dried before they ripen. Pimento got the name 'allspice' because of its smell, which is a mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.

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Ramgoat Regular

Ramgoat regular is native to Central America and the Caribbean, but now grows in Africa and Asia. The shrub can grow up to 1.5m in height and has bright green leaves and yellow flowers. Ramgoat regular is related to damiana, which is similar in appearance and shares some of its medicinal properties.

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Rat Ears

A small erect herb, rat ears has almost translucent stems, which vary in colour from green to a pale yellow. The small leaves are shaped like the ear of a rat with flowers on tiny spikes about 1cm long, which bear even smaller seeds.

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Sage

Sage is a spreading shrub that can grow up to 2m in height. The small leaves have a rough surface and the plant bears beautiful clusters of flowers. According to the variety, these can range from red, orange and yellow to purple pink and cream. Sage bears small green berries which turn black when ripe. The plant is very aromatic.

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Shamy Darling

Shamy darling is native to tropical South America but now grows in many tropical regions. The plant is woody with spreading branches and has small compound leaves, which close when touched, hence the name. The stems have prickles and the plant bears small purplish flowers.

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Trumpet Tree

Trumpet tree grows in Central and South America and the Caribbean and can reach up to 20m in height. The tree is fast growing and the trunk is hollow, it has large, lobed leaves which can be up to 30cm in diameter and bears grey-brown fruits, which are popular with bats.

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