Thymelaeaceae Dirca palustris L.

Eastern Leatherwood

Iroquois - Drug, Emetic

Use documented by:
Rousseau, Jacques, 1945, Le Folklore Botanique De Caughnawaga, Contributions de l'Institut botanique l'Universite de Montreal 55:7-72, page 50

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Scientific name: Dirca palustris L.
USDA symbol: DIPA9 (View details at USDA PLANTS site)
Common names: Eastern Leatherwood
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Family (APG): Thymelaeaceae
Native American Tribe: Iroquois
Use category: Drug
Use sub-category: Emetic
Notes: Infusion of bark and wood used as an emetic to remove yellow from the stomach. The yellow in the stomach was a sickness brought by the Europeans. As they introduced tea, butter and tobacco, the yellow accumulated in the stomach and couldn't be evacuated.

RECRD: 50079 id: 12602