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JUNIPERUS VIRGINIANA

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Linn.

Family ► Pinaceae; Cupressaceae.

Habitat ► Native to North America; introduced into India.

English ► Pencil Cedar, Red Cedar.

Action ► The berries in decoction are diaphoretic and emmenagogue like those of common juniper; leaves are diuretic. Red cedar oil is used in the preparation of insecticides. Small excrescences, called cedar apples, are sometimes found on the branches. These are used as an anthelmintic. (Yellow Cedar is equated with Thuja occidentalles.)

Juniperus procera Hochst. (East African Cedar), J. bermudiana Linn. (Bermuda Cedar) andJ.ChinensisLinn. (Chinese Juniper) have also been introduced into India.

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Indian Medicinal Plants

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