Virginia creeper. Parthenocissus quinquefolia.
Virginia Creeper. Hedera quinquefolia (L.) Greene (Parthenocissus quinquefolia (L.) Planch. Ampelopsis quinquefolia Michx.) American Ivy. Vigne merge, Fr. Wilder Wein, Amerikanischer Epheu, G.—The bark twigs of this indigenous, woody creeper of the fam. Vitaceae have been used by the eclectics as an alterative, tonic, and expectorant. They contain tartaric acid and potassium and calcium tartrates, albumen, sugar, pyro-catechin, and some other principles. McCall employed the bark collected late in the fall in dropsy, with asserted very good results. (Penins. and Independ. Med. Journ., June, 1858.) In two cases of poisoning reported by Bernays, the symptoms were violent vomiting and purging, collapse, and deep sleep, with dilated pupils. (P. J., vii.)