Cow Tree

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Cow Tree. Palo de Vaca. Palo de Leche.—The milky juice of the Brosimum Galactodendron, D. Don (fam. Urticaceae) is much used in South America instead of cream in tea and coffee, etc. It is obtained by making incisions in the tree, is white and viscous, turns sour on exposure to the air, and deposits a caseous substance. According to the analysis of Boussingault, its composition varies very much, but it always contains a large percentage of fatty matters (32.2 per cent.), and much less casein, albumen, sugar, and phosphates. (P. J., ix, 67-9.)

The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 1918, was edited by Joseph P. Remington, Horatio C. Wood and others.