Contractions. - Sars. Sar.
Smilax officinalis. Nat. ord., Smilaceae.
Synonyms. - S. sarsaparilla, S. medica, S. Peruviana.
Fig. - Flora Horn., pl. 55.
Sarsaparilla. For. names: German, Sassaparilla; French, Salsapareille; Italian, Salsapariglio; Spanish, Sarzaparilla.
Habitat. - Central America.
Part employed. - The dried root as imported from Jamaica.
Characters. - Boots not thicker than a goose-quill, generally many feet in length, reddish-brown, covered with rootlets, and folded in bundles about 18 inches long; scentless; taste mucilaginous, feebly bitter, faintly acrid.
Preparation. - Tincture, using proof spirit.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - Chr. Kr., v. Hering's Horn. Mat. Med.
Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and lx, Tincture only. 1 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules or Globules.