Contractions. - Agn. Cast. Agn.
Vitex Agnus Castus. Nat. ord., Verbenaceae.
Synonym. - V. verticillata.
Fig. - Woodville's Med. Bot., vol. ii., pl. 137.
The Chaste Tree. For. names: German, Keusch-lamm, Monchs-pfeffer; French, Gattilier commun.
Habitat. - The shores of the Mediterranean, Provence, and Greece; on sandy spots and at the foot of rocks.
Flowering time. - July to September.
Parts employed. - The ripe berries, fresh or recently dried.
Characters. - A bush from 3 to 5 feet high, much branched. Leaves opposite, petiolate, digitate, 5 - 7 partite; colour dark green on upper, greyish on under surface, with a very strong smell. Flowers numerous, blue or purple, in long terminal spikes. Berries somewhat like a peppercorn.
Time for collecting. - When the berries are ripe.
Preparation. - Tincture, corresponding in alcoholic strength with 20 O.P. spirit.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - Stapf's Additions.
Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.