Thursday, December 4, 2008

Glycyrrhiza glabra. Monograph.


The licorice shrub is a member of the pea family and grows in subtropical climates in rich soil to a height of four or five feet. It has oval leaflets, white to purplish flower clusters, and flat pods. Below ground, the licorice plant has an extensive root system with a main taproot and numerous runners. The main taproot, which is harvested for medicinal use, is soft, fibrous, and has a bright yellow interior.1 Glycyrrhiza is derived from the ancient Greek term glykos, meaning sweet, and rhiza, meaning root.


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