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buck bean

(bŭk' bean),
The leaves of Menyanthes trifoliata (family Gentianaceae); credited with emmenagogue, antiscorbutic, and simple bitter properties.
Synonym(s): bogbean, menyanthes


Herbal medicine
A perennial aquatic herb that contains alkaloids, essential oil, flavonoids, glycosides and saponin; it is a gastric tonic and mildly sedative, and has been used for rheumatic complaints.
Large doses may cause vomiting and diarrhoea.


n Latin name:
Menyanthes trifoliata; part used: leaves; uses: antiinflammatory, upset stomach, anorexia; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; can cause nausea, anorexia, and bleeding hemolysis when taken in conjunction with NSAIDs, antiplatelets, or anticoagulants. Also called
buckbean, marsh trifoil, or
water shamrock.
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Buckbean leaves most often accounted for the small amount of live vegetation in main trails, and cover was generally higher in early summer before airboat traffic.
There are pebbles from special rivers, seeds, nuts and dried fruits from distant jungles, tiny wooden effigies, carved bone figures to keep away evil, buckbeans to nail over house-doors to keep off the evil eye, charms to ward off or provoke spells -- just about everything except aspirin or sticking-plaster.
Buckbeans is a perennial in the South and an annual in the North.