Syringa vulgaris

Syringa vulgaris

Syringa vulgaris, Lilac, (Oleaceae, the Olive Family), shrub to 6 m in height, white or lilac flowers, habitat: native of S. E. Europe, persisting indefinitely after cultivation, and often appearing spontaneous, especially in regions of abandoned farms (102, 103).

It is known to produce mannitol C6H14O6, also known as manicol, mannidex, osmitrol, osmosal, resectisol (174, 238).


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Taraxacum laevigatum

Taraxacum laevigatum

Taraxacum laevigatum, Dandelion, (Compositae, the Composite Family), to 2 dm in height, yellow flowers, habitat: lawns, ditches, waste places throughout most of U.S. and Canada (102, 103).

It yields a tea for heartburn, relieves cramps and pain associated with menstruation, stomach ache, treats chronic inflammation and enlargement of liver, is rich in vitamins A and C. It is mildly diuretic and laxative; used for kidney disorders, stomachache, dyspepsia, low back pain, menstrual cramps, allergies, and arthritis (6, 239, 267).


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