Contraction. - Mez.
Daphne mezereum. Nat ord., Thymeliaceae.
Synonyms. - Chamaelia Gerrnanica, Daphnoides, Thy-melssa.
Fig. - Flora Horn., pl. 42.
Common Mezereon, Spurge Olive. For. names: German, Scidelbast, Kellerhalls; French, Laureole Gentile; Italian, Laureola femina, Biondella; Spanish, Laureola hembra.
Habitat. - In hilly woods over nearly the whole of Europe and Russian Asia.
Flowering time. - February and March.
Part employed. - The bark.
Characters. - A smooth, erect shrub, 2 to 4 feet high, with erect branches, each terminated by a tuft of narrow-oblong, or lanceolate, deciduous leaves, about 2 or 3 inches long. Before these leaves are fully out in spring the purple, sweet-scented flowers appear in clusters of 2 or 3 along the preceding year's shoots. It is thus distinguished from the evergreen Daphne Laureola, with axillary, scentless, green flowers, frequently supplied in its stead by herbalists.
Time for collecting. - Before flowering.
Preparation. - Tincture, corresponding in alcoholic strength with proof spirit.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - Chr. Kr., iv.
Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and lx, Tincture only.
1 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.