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Henna

Henna or Hina (Lawsonia inermis, syn. L. alba) is a flowering plant, the sole species in the genus Lawsonia in the family Lythraceae. It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, and northern Australasia in semi-arid zones. Henna is a tall shrub or small tree, 2-6m high. It is glabrous, multibranched with spine tipped branchlets. Leaves are opposite, entire, glabrous, sub-sessile, elliptical, and broadly lanceolate (1.5-5.0cm x 0.5-2cm), acuminate, having depressed veins on the dorsal surface. During the onset of precipitation intervals, the plant grows rapidly; putting out new shoots, then growth slows. The leaves gradually yellow and fall during prolonged dry or cool intervals. Henna flowers have four sepals and a 2mm calyx tube with 3mm spread lobes. Petals are obvate, white or red stamens inserted in pairs on the rim of the calyx tube. Ovary is four celled, style up to 5mm long and erect. Fruits are small, brownish capsules, 4-8mm in diameter, with 32-49 seeds per fruit, and open irregularly into four splits. Lawsone content in leaves is negatively associated with the number of seeds in the fruits. Arabians crush dried berries from this plant to obtain a red powder. Staining the nails, skin and hair with henna is the favourite way of enhancing beauty amongst women in the Middle East. It is used as both a hair treatment as well as a dye to make decorative designs on the skin.

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£
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Red Henna 1kg Red Henna 1kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
03245
6.07v
1.21
Red Henna 0.5kg Red Henna 0.5kg vgfftogs xN.B. this item cannot be split!
03246
3.28v
0.66

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