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GRINDELIA

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Grindelia camporum. N.O. Compositae.

Synonym ► G. robusta, G. squarrosa, Gum. Plant, Hardy or Scaly Grindelia.

Habitat ► Indigenous to western regions of North America, and imported from

California.

Features ► Leaves broad, narrowing at base, brittle, smooth, serrate, approximately three inches long by half an inch to one inch broad. Flower heads globular, florets yellow, scales of involucre reflexed. Bitterish taste.

Part used ► Herb.

Action ► Anti-asthmatic, tonic, diuretic.

Widely prescribed for asthma and bronchitis, and often combined with Euphorbia and Yerba Santa for the former complaint. The paroxysms are quickly reduced both in sharpness and frequency. Figures prominently in the American herbal materia medica.

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