goldenseal


goldenseal
/gohl"deuhn seel'/, n.
1. a plant, Hydrastis canadensis, of the buttercup family, having a thick yellow rootstock.
2. Also called hydrastis. the rhizomes and roots of this plant, formerly used in medicine as an astringent and to inhibit bleeding.
[1830-40, Amer., GOLDEN + SEAL1]

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Perennial herb (Hydrastis canadensis) native to woods of the eastern U.S. Its rootstocks have medicinal properties.

The plant has a single greenish-white flower, the sepals of which fall as they open. The fruits grow in clusters of small red berries. Goldenseal is sometimes planted in shady wild gardens but is also grown commercially for the yellow rootstocks, which yield hydrastine, an alkaloid. Used medicinally by Native Americans, it is now a popular herbal supplement taken for minor pain and infections.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis).

Kitty Kohout/Root Resources

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plant
also called  Orangeroot, or Yellow Puccoon 

      (species Hydrastis canadensis), perennial herb native to woods of the eastern United States. Its rootstocks have medicinal properties. The plant has a single greenish white flower, the sepals of which fall as they open, followed by a cluster of small red berries. Goldenseal is sometimes planted in the shady wild garden but is also grown commercially for the yellow rootstocks, which yield hydrastine, an alkaloid.

      This and a related Japanese species constitute the family Hydrastidae; some authorities list them in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).

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Universalium. 2010.

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