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Sabadilla officinarum or Schoennocaulon officinale
The name Schcenocaulon indicates the habit of the scape, meaning 'a rush' and 'a stem.' The name Asagrcea commemorates Professor Asa Gray of Harvard University, the most distinguished of living American botanists.
Part Used: Seeds. (Pharmacopea)
(a) Mother Tincture Q
Drug strength 1/10
Sabadilla in coarse powder 100 g
Purified Water 200 ml
Strong Alcohol 824 ml
To make one thousand millilitres of the tincture.
2x and higher with dispensing alcohol
Old Method: Class IV, page 259. (Pharmacopea)
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Monocotyledonae; Liliiflorae / Liliidae; Melanthiales (earlier counted as Liliaceae); Melanthiaceae
History and authority: Introduced by Dr. Stapf by provings in 1825. Allen's Encyclop. Mat. Med. Vol. VIII, 443. (Pharmacopea)
Description of the substance
It is not quite certain whether the seeds are obtained from the Veratrum Sabadilla, a plant 3 or 4 feet high, or from the V. officinale, differing slightly in appearance and construction. The seeds are black, shining, flat, shrivelled and winged, odourless, with a bitter, acrid, persistent and disagreeable taste, the pale grey, amorphous powder being errhine and violently sternutatory. The seeds were known in Europe as early as 1752, but officially only as the source of veratrine.