Ruellia insecticide properties?

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wilhelmturtletan
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Ruellia insecticide properties?

Post by wilhelmturtletan » 09 Sep 2017, 11:31

Hi
I am reading about ruellia and found insecticidal properties in it. Is it still safe to feed it to tortoises? This is the source: http://www.stuartxchange.org/Ruellia and http://icmr.nic.in/ijmr/2014/july/0716.pdf
Thanks

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Nina
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Re: Ruellia insecticide properties?

Post by Nina » 09 Sep 2017, 21:44

Nina wrote:
> Hi and thanks for your post. This is very interesting, because we have an
> entry for Ruellia
>
> http://www.thetortoisetable.org.uk/plan ... bQil9GQyM8
> but we have given it a green traffic light, and I'm wondering if we should
> look at it again.
>
> Your first link didn't work for me but the second one did, and although the
> Ruellia tuberosa leaf extract had the lowest mortality rate with
> mosquitoes, it was still 50% (if i remember correctly). We don't menton
> Ruellia tuberosa specifically in our entry, but we do list Ruellia spp.,
> which means all the species in the genus, so R. tuberosa would be included.
> The genus Ruellia has over 75 species in it, and I've just done some more
> research and found a source that says that while most species are not
> harmful, several species are suspected to have poisonous components (but I
> can't at the moment find which species these might be). I have checked the
> usual poison databases (FDA, ASPCA, California toxic plant list, PFAF,
> etc.) and Ruellia is not listed on any of them as being toxic, and in fact
> is listed as being safe on many of them (especially Ruellia brittonianna).
>
> Hopefully Lin has been looking at this too, and we'll get back to you as
> soon as we have done some more research.
>
> Nina

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Re: Ruellia insecticide properties?

Post by wilhelmturtletan » 10 Sep 2017, 04:25

Thank you. Yes I did check the entry but i did additional research about ruellia just in case and found that website :) .

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Re: Ruellia insecticide properties?

Post by Nina » 10 Sep 2017, 09:09

And well done for finding it - we love it when people undertake their own research, as it helps us as well!
For some reason, later last night your first link worked for me too, and I notice that the first article referred to the second article (the one detailing the scientific research) for its information, and that it was specifically about Ruellia tuberosa. We're going to have another look to make sure that our entry for Ruellia is still valid -- but we might end up specifying particular species of Ruellia that are OK, and then mentioning species that are not recommended for feeding. Do you have Ruellia, and if so do you know which species you have?

Nina

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Re: Ruellia insecticide properties?

Post by wilhelmturtletan » 10 Sep 2017, 10:40

I do but I dont know the species.

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Re: Ruellia insecticide properties?

Post by wilhelmturtletan » 11 Sep 2017, 01:55

I check the species of Ruellia i have. it is Ruellia brittoniana

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