mandragora officinarum

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mandragora officinarum
Mayapples usually grows in groups and color slightly exceptionally bright leaf makes them very distinctive and easy to dial. The flowers, on the other hand, hangs below the leaves and must be searched.

Comments: The fruit is edible when ripe but all other parts of the plant are toxic. The American Indians may have used a preparation of powdered root as an insecticide on their crops and seeds soaked in a decoction to protect them from pests.

The caveat: All parts of the plant unless the ripe fruit are extremely toxic. The root, which is operated easily, is a powerful eye irritant substance.

The medical uses: Even if too toxic to use home remedies that this plant has many. The American Indians used the root as a strong laxative, to treat worms, parasites and for many other things. The root is currently used in medicines for cancer and may have a commercial potential as a cultivated plant. There are stories that use of the root of the Indians made them commit suicide in just hours. The number of fatal dose is unclear.


Mandragora officinarum L.

Castilian: mandrake, mandrágula, berenjenilla, lechuguilla, grape moro, May apple, lemon wild.

English: spring mandrake, Satan'apple.

Officinarum L. of Mandragora; Nightshade Family (Solanaceae) A stemless herbaceous perennial with foot - long oval leaves that are lifted directly from the root. The flowers are 1 long yellow, purple or green of an inch, followed by an oblong green berries. Natural Southern Europe. Cultivation and propagation: I like the light, soil depth, because the roots run the plain distant. It grows poorly in soil that is too hard or rocky. If the soil is too wet in winter, the roots are down. It is spreading of seeds to be planted in deep planes or, better, just in pots. They should be kept well watered and when they reach a good size they should be careful to specify at least 2 feet separately. The harvest: The roots are digging after the second or third year. If they are gone in the ground will come a great age, and have great roots branching up to four feet long.

Note: Do not confuse this mandrake of the old world with the American mandrake (of Podophyllum peltatum) whose roots are sold by many companies in the grass under the name of "Mandrake roots. " These roots are a powerful poison cathartic. The plants are unmistakably different.

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