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Properties. - In minute, colourless, transparent, acicular crystals, whose form is a rhombic prism. They look exactly like sulphate of zinc. Its taste is bitter, and it is called in Germany Bittersalz. This distinguishes it from zinc sulphate, which has a strong metallic taste.
Solubility. - It readily dissolves in water.
Reactions. - The solution gives the reactions of magnesium (p. 658) and a sulphate (p. 595).
Infusum Sennae Compositum.