Ptymila – Known As Ptychospermum – Is a Sacwood Flower native to Thailand and other Parts of Asia
Petymila or pytmilla as it is known in English is a plant that is native to the Mediterranean basin and parts of Central and South America. The plant is very closely related to the potato Botrytis but smaller in size. As a fruit the fruit looks like a small blueberry but it does not have an outer skin and when ripe it bursts open and has a bitter taste.
Ptymila grows wild on many types of unwanted roadsides and can be found in lowland tropical forests in Costa Rica and other Latin American countries such as Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and many other countries. It is cultivated in a variety of different environments including coastal rain forests, sandy soils of the Pacific coast of the Americas as well as high altitudes of the Andes mountains. Ptymila grows best when it is in full bloom, although there are those varieties that can grow quite well even in poor conditions. The plants produce large amounts of latex when they are young, so if you wish to collect the latex you must pick them while they are still young and before they turn yellow. Collecting the latex will provide you with a rich source of food for your pet.
When the latex is collected the latex is then used as animal feed and some people even make a living from collecting and selling it. In fact, in the last decade or so, Ptymila has become quite popular and there were even some restaurants and processing plants that farmed it for this purpose. The pet trade has taken off in recent years and because it can grow quite quickly, it is now grown commercially. Some of the larger petymila farms are located in regions where it grows quite naturally, where other crops cannot tolerate.
There is quite a bit of controversy surrounding the use of Ptychomys jacobsii as a food. It has been claimed that while the plant contains nutrients, it may cause certain types of allergies in those that are sensitive. It also has been linked to cancers in mice and other animals. These claims have been disputed and it has even been claimed that scientists have found evidence that supports the theory that it may cause cancer.
On the other side of the debate are those who claim that there are benefits to eating Ptychomys Jacobinsens. These include improving eyesight as the berry helps to sharpen the vision. It also helps to prevent eye problems such as glaucoma. It also acts as an antioxidant and it is high in dietary fiber. It is also high in potassium, magnesium and manganese.
Today, Petymila Jacobins grows in the United States, India and several other parts of the world. Many people raise their own plants on a small farm and then sell the Ptychomys leaves as a supplement. The leaf can be purchased online in powder form, ready to use.