Contractions. - Sabad. Sbd.
Asagraea officinalis. Nat. ord., Melanthaceae.
Synonyms. - Veratrum sabadilla, Helonias off., Asagrcea off.
Fig. - Lind. Bot. Reg., vol. xxv., pl. 33.
Cevadille. For. names: German, Sabadill-germer; French, Cevadille; Spanish, Cebadilla.
Habitat. - Mexico; imported from Vera Cruz.
Parts employed. - The dried capsuled seeds as imported.
Characters. - Fruit about half an inch long, consisting of three light-brown papyraceous follicles, each containing from one to three seeds, which are about a quarter of an inch long, blackish-brown, shining, slightly winged, possessing an intensely acrid bitter taste. This is the source of the alkaloid Veratria, which appears to be contained in most of the plants of this natural family.
N.B. - In making the tincture, it is necessary, in order to exhaust the drug, to allow it to macerate for a longer period than the time usually necessary between each addition of spirit to the percolator.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - Stapfs Beitr.
Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and 1*, Tincture. lx to 3, Trituration. 1 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.