Author Archives: Alan W. Meerow

About Alan W. Meerow

Alan W. Meerow is a research geneticist at USDA's Subtropical Horticulture Research Station (USDA-ARS-SHRS). You can eMail him at alan.meerow@ars.usda.gov.

‘Luisa’ Turnera Holds Great Potential

Turnera diffusa is a widespread and variable species found throughout the tropical Americas. Commonly known as “damiana,” Turnera diffusa has figured extensively in folk medicine and is particularly noted for its aphrodisiacal properties for which there is scientific support. In 2005, we conducted a plant exploration in Puerto Rico for species with ornamental potential. In