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Picraena excelsa

Botanical name:

Picraena excelsa Lindl. Simarubaceae. Bitter Ash. Quassia.

West Indies. This tree yields the bitter wood known as Jamaica quassia. Brewers are said to use the chips as a substitute for hops.


Sturtevant's Edible Plants of the World, 1919, was edited by U. P. Hedrick.



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