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Zea. - Synonym. - Corn-silk. The styles and stigmas of Zea Mays Linne (nat. ord. Gramineae).
Tropical America; cultivated in the warm, temperate zone.
Thread-like; about 15 cm. long, and 0.5 mm. broad, yellowish or greenish, soft silky, finely hairy, and delicately veined longitudinally; inodorous; taste sweetish.
Dose, 1 to 2 dr.; 4. to 8. gm.
Corn-silk is a mild but fairly certain diuretic when given in full doses. It is useful in acute and chronic cystitis and in the bladder irritation of uric acid and for phosphatic gravel. It is possibly as well a cardiac stimulant in the dropsy of heart disease. It is best administered in the form of an infusion, in boiling water (1 to 8), taken almost ad libitum.,