(Medicinal Herbs) Leatherwood

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

(Medicinal Herbs)  Leatherwood


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

Scientific Names


Dirca palustris L.Mezereum family

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

A small North American tree of the mezereum family, with a tough, flexible bark used by the Native Americans for making rope. This branched shrub grows 1-9 feet. Branchlets pliable, smooth, jointed, bark is very tough. Leaves oval to obovate, on short stalks. Yellowish, bell-like flowers appear before leaves. April to May.
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Where Found

Rich woods, along streams. Canada to Florida; Louisiana to Minnesota.
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Native Americans used bark tea as a laxative. minute doses cause burning of the tongue, salivation. Folk remedy for toothaches, facial neuralgia, paralysis of the tongue.
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Leatherwood is poisonous. Causes severe dermatitis, with redness, blistering, and sores. Use only under medical supervision.
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, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by Frances Densmore, Dover Publications, Inc., 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, first printed by the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, in 1928, this Dover edition 1974

, by Clarence Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1973

, 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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