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Croton eluteria, Cascarilla officinalis, Cascarilla

Croton eluteria, Cascarilla officinalis

Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Caribbean
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
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Its leaves are scanty, alternate, ovate-lanceolate, averaging 2 inches long, with close scaling below, giving a metallic silver-bronze appearance, and scattered white scales above. The tree produces small but very fragrant white flowers almost all the year round.

Tincture from the bark is used as a tonic and stimulant, and a fever reducer. Cascarilla bark is also used to flavour the liqueurs Campari and Vermouth.

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Croton eluteria, Cascarilla officinalis, Cascarilla

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