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202. Liquidambar.—Sweet gum.

Botanical name:

202. LIQUIDAMBAR.—SWEET GUM. A balsam exuding spontaneously or from incisions made in the trunk of Liquidam'bar styraci'flua. Habitat: Southern United States and Central America. It is a pale yellowish, opaque liquid of honey-like consistence, or thick, golden brown, solidifying on exposure to a transparent, amber-colored mass, which softens at the heat of the hand; odor storax-like; taste aromatic and pungent. Stimulant expectorant, mostly used in the manufacture of chewing-gum.


A Manual of Organic Materia Medica and Pharmacognosy, 1917, was written by Lucius E. Sayre, B.S. Ph. M.



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