Cascara Sagrada

Cascara Buckthorn bark, Rhamni purshiani cortex - Cascararinde
Synonymes :
Cascara Buckthorn, Cascara
Rhamnus_purshiana (Wikipedia)

Frangula purshiana
Rhamnus purshiana - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-121.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Rosales
Family:Rhamnaceae
Genus:Frangula
Species:
F. purshiana
Binomial name
Frangula purshiana
(DC.) A.Gray ex J.G.Cooper
Rhamnus purshiana range map.png
Natural range
Synonyms
  • Cardiolepis obtusa Raf.
  • Rhamnus alnifolia Pursh
  • Rhamnus purshiana DC.
  • Rhamnus purshiana var. hirtella Schelle

Frangula purshiana (cascara, cascara buckthorn, cascara sagrada, bearberry, and in the Chinook Jargon, chittem stick and chitticum stick; syn. Rhamnus purshiana) is a species of plant in the family Rhamnaceae. It is native to western North America from southern British Columbia south to central California, and eastward to northwestern Montana.

The dried bark of cascara was used as a laxative in folk medicine by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

Cascara Sagrada (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Spanish cáscara sagrada (sacred bark).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /kaˌskɑː.ɹə səˈɡɹɑː.də/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /kæˌskɛɹ.ə səˈɡɹɑ.də/

Noun

cascara sagrada (uncountable)

  1. (pharmacology) A purgative made from the dried bark of an American buckthorn.
  2. (botany) The tree from which cascara is obtained (Rhamnus purshiana), native to western North America.

Related terms

  • cascara

References

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