Haberlea rhodopensis

Haberlea rhodopensis


Family: Gesneriaceae
Latin name: Haberlea rhodopensis
English name: Orpheus flower
Chinese name: –
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Parts used : Whole plant

It is a stemless evergreen perennial. It is usually found on South-facing rocky ridges.  It belongs to a category of plants called resurrection plants because it dries down when there is no water and then revives when it becomes available again.

The species was described in 1835 by Frivaldszky and takes its name from Karl Konstantin Christian Haberle, a German botanist who was the teacher of Frivaldszky.

It is considered by botanists to be a glacial relic that survived to day in areas of Bulgaria and Greece. This means that it had a close direct relative leaving in the area before the glaciers changed the climate   It is also included in the list of endangered species in Greece.


It can be found in Bulgaria where it is endemic to many mountains and in Greece on the mountains of Rhodope, Falakro, and Pangaio. It grows in shady rock crevices on limestone at altitudes of 600-1700 meters.


Myconoside is a glycoside that exists in abundance in H. rhodopensis. The extract of the plant containing myconoside has been shown to icrease elastin and collagen production in skin. [5]


No known historical references exist


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The extract of the plant is considered safe with low toxicity danger. [4]

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  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haberlea
  2. http://www.sekj.org/PDF/anbf46/anbf46-555.pdf
  3. http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/681990
  4. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/719370/HABERLEA_RHODOPENSIS_LEAF_EXTRACT/
  5. Dell’Acqua, G. and Schweikert, K. (2012), Skin benefits of a myconoside-rich extract from resurrection plant Haberlea rhodopensis. International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 34: 132–139. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2494.2011.00692.x

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