Botanist's Glossary

Mourera - Mourera fluviatilis

  • Description
    • Mourera, or Mourera fluviatilis (Podostemaceae family) is a herbaceous aquatic plant that grows in the turbulent rivers of French Guiana (and elsewhere in Amazonia). It has strange spike-like inflorescences bordered with pink flowers, 50 to 60 cm long, which rise from the water. Its variable leaves are irregular and have a "curled" appearance. It only flowers in the dry season, when water levels are low.
  • Traditions
    • Mourera is known as the "salade coumarou" in French Guiana, where it is collected in September, in fast currents, in remote areas of the Amazon rainforest. It is also dried in situ. The plant is then ground and an aqueous extract is created.
  • Properties
    • Mourera fluviatilis extract is a powerful hydrating agent. It is particularly suitable for dry skin as it helps to regulate moisture loss.