(Herbs Wiki) Smooth Alder

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Smooth Alder Scientific Names and Common Names,Smooth Alder Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Smooth Alder Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Wiki) Smooth Alder

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Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Uses | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Alnus serratlata Hazelnut family

Common Names

Hazel alder
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Parts Usually Used

Stem bark
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Smooth alder (A. serrulata), the hazel alder, is a shrub or tree growing to 15 feet; with blackish bark that is lightly speckled with small, grayish to orange lenticels. Its leaves are elliptic to obovate (wedged-shaped), finely serrate and usually fine-haired underneath, broadest above the middle. Male catkins abruptly bent. Flowers (catkins) February to May. Cones are woody, erect, persistent.
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Where Found

It can be found from Nova Scotia to Oklahoma, Florida, and Louisiana.

Forms thickets along waterways.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, tonic, emetic, diuretic, purgative
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Uses

Native Americans used the bark tea for diarrhea, pain of childbirth, coughs, toothaches, sore mouth, and as a blood purifier, a laxative. Externally, as an eye wash, a wash for hives, poison-ivy rash, piles, swellings, and sprains. Used in the 1800’s for malaria and syphilis.
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Bibliography

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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