Nat. ord., Caprifoliaceae.
Guelder Rose. High Cranberry.
Characters. - Not generally a tall shrub when wild, but it will grow into a small tree, and is always glabrous in all its parts. Leaves 2 or 3 inches broad, divided to near the middle into 3 or sometimes 5 broad angular pointed lobes, which are usually coarsely toothed or again lobed; the slender leafstalks have 2 or more sessile glands at the top, and 2 or more linear fringe-like appendages at the base. Flowers white, in dense cymes 2 or 3 inches in diameter; the inner flowers small, but the outer ones become much enlarged, attaining often near an inch in diameter, but having neither stamens nor styles, they are perfectly barren. Fruit a one-seeded globular berry, of a blackish-red colour, and an intensely acid and slightly bitter taste.
It is noticed in Hale's New Remedies. There is no proving, but it appears likely to be of use, and may very probably be ordered by those engaged in obstetric practice.
Part employed. - The bark.
Preparation. - Tincture.