Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Onosmodium virginianum

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onosodium virginicum

Etymology

Etymology – Onosmodium is derived from the Latin, Onosma = the smell of an ass. Gromwell is thought to come from the Medieval Latin, Gruinum milium = crane’s millet.

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Traditional name

Used parts

The entire plant with root is macerated in twice its weight of alcohol

Classification

N.O. Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Lamiidae / Tubiflorae; Boraginales; Boraginaceae - Borage Family

Keywords

Original proving

Proved in material doses by W.E. Green of Arkansas.

Description of the substance

Botanical description – A perennial herb clothed all over with hard, rigid bristles. The stems are slender, 1-2 feet in height. The leaves are oblong, or oblong-lanceolate, often oval, sessile, minutely strigose, 3-5 veined; lower ones narrow at the base, 1 inch to 2 _ inches long, _ or _ of an inch broad. The flowers are yellowish-white, in terminal, leafy racemes, which are recurved at first, but become finally erect and elongated. Calyx 5-cleft lobes lanceolate, pilose on both sides, half as long as the corolla. Corolla oblong-tubular, with a ventricose, half 5-cleft limb, with lance-subulate segments clothed externally with long hispid hairs. Stamens 5, with very short, flattened filaments supporting included, sagittate apiculate anthers. Style much exerted and smooth. Achenia ovoid, smooth and shining, fixed by a flat base.

After freeze up, pearly white nutlets become evident, and these hard seeds persist over winter on the dead stems.

The species was first described in 1803 by Andre Michaux.


Botanical Source.—This plant is a perennial herb, clothed all over with harsh and rigid appressed bristles. The stems are rather slender, 1 or 2 feet in height. The leaves are oblong, or oblong-lanceolate, often oval, and even ovate-lanceolate, sessile, minutely strigose, 3 to 5-veined; lower ones narrow at base, 1 inch to 2 1/2 inches long, 1/2 or 3/4 of an inch broad. The flowers are yellowish-white, in terminal, leafy racemes, which are recurved at first, but finally become erect and elongated. Calyx 5-cleft, lobes lanceolate, pilose on both sides, half as long as the corolla. Corolla oblong-tubular, with a ventricose, half 5-cleft limb, with lance-subulate segments clothed externally with long hispid hairs. Stamens 5, with very short, flattened filaments supporting included, sagittate apiculate anthers. Style much exserted and smooth. Achenia ovoid, smooth and shining, fixed by a flat base (King’s Dispensatory)
Habitat – This plant is found growing from New York to Florida, and in mid – Western states such as North Dakota. It occurs on dry, hilly grounds, flowering from June till September.
It is a plant on the Risk register on many USA states.