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220. Laurocerasus.—Cherry laurel.

Botanical name:

220. LAUROCERASUS.—CHERRY LAUREL. The leaves of Pru'nus laurocera'sus Linné, an ornamental shrub native to Western Asia. They contain an amygdalin-like principle, laurocerasin, and a ferment. Odor bitter, almond-like; taste aromatic and bitter. Used in making cherry-laurel water, a preparation much employed in Europe as a sedative narcotic, much as the dilute hydrocyanic acid is used here.


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



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