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Eryngium aquaticum

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Eryngium aquaticum

Etymology

The botanical synonym of yuccaefolium is due to the leaves resembling the young Yucca plant. One author describes it as having an arid, heated look about it, because of this resemblance.

Family

Traditional name

Other Names:  E. yuccaefolium. Eryngium virginianum. E. petiolatum.
Common Names:  Button Snakeroot. Water Eryngo. Corn snake root. Rattlesnake master. rattlesnake weed, rattlesnake flag, eryngo.

Used parts

Homeopathic preparation:  Tincture of root. (Bradford’s Index).

Classification

N.O.  Subclass: Rosidae; Order: Apiales; Family: Apiaceae/Umbelliferae or Carrot or Parsley Family

Keywords

Original proving

Provings:  Allen: Cyclopoedia, V. 4. Cyclop Drug Path., V. 4, appendix. Hale: New Rem., 2d ed. Hering: Guid. Symptoms, V. 5.
     Cogswell: Am. Hom. Obs., V. 3, p. 361.
     McClelland: Am. Hom. Obs., V. 2, p. 180.
     Morgan: Am. Hom. Obs., V. 1, p. 185. (Bradford’s Index).

Description of the substance

Botanical Information:  Stem erect, branched about 1m tall. Leaves reticulately pinnately veined with a single mid vein, linear to oblong - lanceolate, the lower long petioled to sessile varying from entire to spinulose - toothed or even pinnatifid into a few linear segments. Bracts spreading or deflexed, mostly exceeding the heads, entire to spinose - serrate or pinnatified. Heads ovoid to short - cylindric, 10 to 15 mm long; bracelets trifid near the summit and spinose - tipped.
Macroscopical: About 33 mm long with several ramifications ending at the base by deep scars. Very fine roots in the form of hairs; odour strong and aromatic.
     Microscopical: Shows presence of several secreting canals at the level of the endoderm, medullary rays and pith. Xylem and phloem patches in the cortex separated by wide medullary rays. Large pith. Numerous aggregates of calcium oxalate, Endoderm very abundant and thick. No starch cells. (Pharmacopea).

The botanical synonym of yuccaefolium is due to the leaves resembling the young Yucca plant. One author describes it as having an arid, heated look about it, because of this resemblance.

Habitat - The plant is mainly found in swamps and wetlands, but also on prairie areas and in pine barrens. It is found in oak savannas in the Chicago region, and can be regarded by some as a signature plant of the tall grass prairie. It likes a black, mesic sandy soil, but is highly adaptable.

It is used as a landscaping plant in domestic gardens. One source ( Mallorn ) says it is an ideal plant for difficult soils in arid areas. ì As a native of the prairie, eryngium yuccaefolium is well  adapted to drought and excess sun.î

The plant itself has a faintly sweetish mucilagenous taste, followed by bitterness, some degree of pungency affecting the fauces, and a slight astringency. ( Kingís Dispensatory ).

Habitat: Eastern United States to Florida and Louisiana. (Pharmacopea).