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Triticum. - Synonym. - Couch-Grass. The rhizome of Agropyrum repens (Linne) Beauvois (nat. ord. Gramineae), gathered in the spring and deprived of the roots.
Europe and North America.
Very long and creeping, about 2 mm. thick; as met with in the shops, cut into sections about 1 cm. long; smooth, but wrinkled; hollow in the centre, straw-yellow; inodorous, taste sweetish.
1) Triticin, about 8 per cent., a gummy substance resem.-bling Inulin. (2) Inosit. (3) Malates.
Dose, I to 8 dr.; 4. to 30. gm.
Dose, 1 to 8 fl. dr.; 4. to 30. c.c
Triticum is a diuretic, and is used as a sedative in inflammation of the genito-urinary membranes.