Contractions. - Hama. Ham.

Nat. ord., Hamamelidaceae.

Synonyms. - H. macrophylla, H. Dioica.

Fig. - Bart. fl. N. Amer., t. 78.

Witch Hazel. For. names: German, Zauberstrauch; French, Hamamelis.

Habitat. - In moist woods, Canada to Louisiana.

Flowering time. - October and November.

Part employed. - The bark.

Characters. - Stem 8 to 12 feet high, branches flexuous. Leaves on short petioles. Petals a little crooked. Ovary hirsute. The flowers usually appear late in autumn, after the leaves have fallen, although sometimes not until the following spring, and its fruit is perfected the following year. The bark comes to us in incurved pieces or quills coated with a smoothish grey-spotted periderm; inner surface reddish-brown or buff-coloured; has a peculiar aromatic and characteristic odour; transverse fracture finely fibrous, rarely exceeding a line in thickness.

Time for collecting. - The bark, before flowering and after the fruit has ripened.

Preparation. - Tincture, using proof spirit. Trituration of Hamamelin.

Reference to Horn. Proving. - Hale's New Remedies.

Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and lx, Tincture only. 1 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.