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Dried root of two plants of the genus Polygala containing an irritating saponin.
Perennial bushy herb of central and southern United States having white flowers with green centers and often purple crest; similar to Seneca snakeroot.  Synonym: Polygala alba.

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... comprehendeth the Voyages, Trafficks, &c. of the English Nation, made without the Streight of Gibraltar, to the Islands of the Aores, of Porto Santo, Madera, and the Canaries, to the kingdomes of Barbary, to the Isles of Capo Verde, to the Riuers of Senega, Gambra, Madrabumba, and Sierra Leona, to the coast of Guinea and Benin, to the Isles of S. Thom and Santa Helena, to the parts about the Cape of Buona Esperanza, to Quitangone neere Mozambique, to the Isles of Comoro and Zanzibar, to the citie of Goa, beyond Cape Comori, to the Isles of Nicubar, ...
— Catalogue of the Books Presented by Edward Capell to the Library of Trinity College in Cambridge • W. W. Greg

... gentianae, the polygalae, the solaneae, the compositae, the malvaceae, the drymyrhizeae, and, which is still more surprising, even in the palm-trees. (* I shall mention as examples of these nine families; Aristolochia anguicida, Cerbera thevetia, Ophoiorhiza mungos, Polygala senega, Nicotiana tabacum, (One of the remedies most used in Spanish America). Mikanua guaco, Hibiscus abelmoschus (the seeds of which are very active), Lanpujum rumphii, and Kunthia ...
— Equinoctial Regions of America V2 • Alexander von Humboldt

... Ross speaks highly of its use as an expectorant, ranking it in this respect with senega; he found it especially useful in the bronchitis of children. He also makes favorable report of a cataplasm of the leaves as a local application to syphilitic ulcers and as a means of relieving the pain attendant on the bites of ...
— The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines • T. H. Pardo de Tavera

Words linked to "Senega" :   root, Seneka snakeroot, senega snakeroot, Seneca snakeroot, milkwort, senega root, senga root

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