Jacobinia mohintli Benth. & Hook.f.
Jacobinia spicigera (Schltdl.) L.H. Bailey
Common Name: Yaxan
Yaxan is an erect or scandent, usually densely branched, shrub that usually grows from 1 - 1.5 metres tall[
A plant of considerable economic importance in Guatemala and other parts of Central America, where it is more commonly used in laundering linen, at least in country regions, than is indigo (Indigofera spp.)[
]. Many homes at middle and low elevations have one or more bushes of the plant grown for this purpose, and large bales of fresh branches are often carried up to the highlands for sale in the markets[
]. The plant is also harvested for medicinal use and is grown as an ornamental[
Central America - Costa Rica north to Mexico.
Damp or dry thickets, forest, hedgerows, from near sea level to elevations of 1,800 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Employed in domestic medicine, especially in treating dysentery and the bites of stinging insects[
The leaves, when placed in hot water, become blackish, later on blue. They are commonly used as a whitening agent for clothes, working by imparting a light, bluish tinge[
In conjunction with indigo, it is employed for the dark blue dye characteristic of the woollen textiles[
]. It is believed that the plant was used by the ancient Mayas for painting walls and other surfaces[
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