Rhamnus-Rheedia (Sturtevant, 1919)

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Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Rhamnus-Rheedia (Sturtevant, 1919)

Rhamnus caroliniana Walt.


Long Island, west along the Ohio to southern Illinois. The edible fruit is sweet and agreeable.

Rhamnus crocea Nutt.

Western North America. The berries are collected by the Apache Indians and used as food, mixed with whatever animal substances may be at hand. The berries impart a red color to the mixture, which is absorbed into the circulation and tinges the skin.

Rhamnus persica Boiss.

Persia and the Himalayan region. In Persia, the fruit is sweet and edible but emetic.

Rhamnus purshiana DC.


North America. The purple berries are much esteemed among the Indians.

Rhamnus staddo A. Rich.

Abyssinia. This species forms part of a kind of beer in which its bitter bark supplies the place of hops.

Rhapidophyllum hystrix H. Wendl. & Drude.


Georgia and Florida. The plant bears a brown, edible berry of a sweet flavor.

Rhazya stricta Decne.


A shrubby plant of western Asia. Its leaves, which are very bitter, are collected and sold in the bazaars in Scinde, the natives using them in the preparation of cool drinks in hot weather.

Rheedia edulis Planch. & Triana.


Panama. The edible fruit is the size of a hazelnut.

Rheedia lateriflora Linn.


Tropical America. The fruit, from one to four inches long, yellow when ripe, has a pleasant, acid taste.

Rheedia madruno Planch. & Triana.

New Granada. The fruits are eaten.