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Botanical garden pleads for mercy on a herb

ISATIS, a flowering plant with roots widely used in a flu medicine, has come into bloom in Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden and park officials are worried about its fate.

Today's Oriental Morning Post said park officials are asking visitors not to steal the plant as a drug against the H7N9 bird flu that has claimed seven lives in China.

Although isatis roots are the main ingredient of Radix Isatidis granules, the herb grown in the Chenshan Botanical Garden is too small to be used in medicine.

"Our isatis is for display only and shouldn't to be taken away," the official told the newspaper.


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