Veratrum


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Related to Veratrum: Veratrum viride, Veratrum album, Veratrum nigrum

Veratrum

(vĕ-rā'trŭm),
A genus of toxic liliaceous plants.
[L. hellebore]

veratrum

(və-rā′trəm)
n.

Veratrum

[vərā′trəm]
Etymology: L, hellebore
a genus of poisonous herbs of the lily family. The dried rhizomes of the British and American hellebore provide alkaloids that may be used with great caution in herbalism.

Veratrum

a genus of the Liliaceae family of plants.

Veratrum album
contain alkaloids including protoveratrine, jervine, rubijervine, pseudojervine, veratroidine, veratralbine. Several alkaloids are extracted and used in therapeutic preparations. Poisoning by these plants causes salivation, purgation, vomiting, diuresis, excitability followed by paralysis and recumbency, then convulsions and death. Called also white hellebore, white veratrum, European veratrum.
Veratrum californicum
a poisonous weed which causes a number of congenital abnormalities especially congenital cyclopean deformity, prolonged gestation and absence of the pituitary gland in ruminants. The teratogen is cyclopamine. Called also skunk cabbage, western hellebore, false hellebore, corn-lily.
Veratrum viride
several alkaloid extracts are combined in the preparation alkavir, used as a rumenatoric and a hypotensive agent. Called also green veratrum, green hellebore, American hellebore.
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Hydrastis canadensis and Veratrum woodii were documented at Ginn Woods and Wilbur Wright Fish and Wildlife Area, respectively, but were found in greater abundance at Botany Glen (Ruch et al.
Common plant medicines include Belladonna (deadly nightshade), Veratrum album (white hellebore), Anacardium (marking nut), Pulsatilla (windflower), Lycopodium (club moss), and Thuja (cedar tree).
Phosphorus children tend to be more dreamy than hyperkinetic, as contrasted with homeopathic medicines such as Veratrum album and Tarentula.
Veratrum album (white hellebore) is good for restless children who have difficulty maintaining concentration, following directions, or staying at their desks.
Veratrum album (White hellebore): Violent vomiting and diarrhea followed by exhaustion and cold sweat.
Those needing Veratrum have strong beliefs, which they do not hesitate to foist upon others.
Veratrum album (white hellebore) treats symptoms of strong nausea and violent vomiting that is exhausting, with chills and sweats.
A black and white border in a shady spot could be made with plum-maroon hellebores, white foxgloves, black veratrums and the sumptuous inky purple Primula waltonii.