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The leaves have translucent glands which give a perforated appearance. It has been used as a herbal treatment for depression, but causes sensitivity to sunlight and there is debate as to whether medical trials support its efficacy. It is a rich source of nectar and pollen. Several leaf beetles Chrysolina sp and a couple of pot beetles Cryptocephalus sp. are specific to members of the Hypericum family. The stems of members of this family exude a red juice when broken.

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  • Posted: Tue. 16th June 2009 16:45