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Dysentery bark

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Scientific name: Simarouba glauca

Family: Simaroubaceaee

Origin: Mexico and C America

Medicinal use: The oil from the seeds is used locally for lighting purposes. The fresh olive-like fruits are edible, although not of good quality, so they are not highly valued. The pulp of the fruit is sweet but a little astringent. The kernel from the seed produces 62% edible oil and contains a toxic crystalline glycoside.

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