Caulophyllum thalictroides

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Caulophyllum thalictroides
Blue Cohosh.jpg
Blue cohosh in a Michigan deciduous forest
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Berberidaceae
Tribe: Leonticeae
Genus: Caulophyllum
Species: C. thalictroides
Binomial name
Caulophyllum thalictroides
(L.) Michaux

Caulophyllum thalictroides, blue cohosh a species of Caulophyllum (family Berberidaceae), also called squaw root or papoose root, is a flowering plant in the Berberidaceae (barberry) family. It is a medium-tall perennial with blue berry-like fruits and bluish-green foliage.

Uses[edit]

Inflorescence

It  is used as a medicinal herb by American Indians.[1] Many Native American tribes, and later European herbologists and mid-wives,[2] would use this herb in conjunction with other herbs and fluids for abortive and contraceptive purposes.[3]

Characteristics[edit]

From the single stalk rising from the ground, there is a single, large, three-branched leaf plus a fruiting stalk. The bluish-green leaflets are tulip-shaped, entire at the base, but serrate at the tip. Its species name, thalictroides, comes from the similarity between the large highly divided, multiple-compound leaves of Meadow-rue (Thalictrum) and those of Blue Cohosh.

It is found in hardwood forest of the eastern United States, and favors moist coves and hillsides, generally in shady locations, in rich soil. It grows in eastern North America, from Manitoba and Oklahoma east to the Atlantic Ocean.

See also[edit]

  • Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa), although similarly named, is actually a plant in a separate genus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cichoke, Anthony J. (2001). Secrets of Native American herbal remedies: a comprehensive guide to the Native American tradition of using herbs and the mind/body/spirit connection for improving health and well-being. Penguin. pp. Blue Cohosh. ISBN 1-58333-100-X. 
  2. ^ Henriettesherbal. "Herbal Abortives and Birth Control". Henriettes-herb.com. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Sisterzeus. "Blue Cohosh". Sisterzeus.com. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 

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