TITLE

COCKLEBUR

AUTHOR(S)
Foster, Steven; Duke, James A.
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants & Herbs of Eastern & Ce;2000, p240
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on cocklebur or Xanthium strumarium. The plant is a variable weedy annual which grows up to 5 feet. Its leaves are oval to heart-shaped, somewhat lobed or toothed, on long stalks. Its flowers are inconspicuous and green. It is found in waste places. Its roots is historically used for scrofulous tumors. This plant and the related species Xanthium spinosum were formerly used for rabies, fevers and malaria. It is considered a diuretic, fever-reducing and sedative. American Indians used leaf tea for kidney disease, rheumatism, tuberculosis and diarrhea and also as a blood tonic.
ACCESSION #
18060574

 

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