South African Locust Fungus

1901 Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Royal Gardens Kew)  
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more » ... of the drug was cleared up when the specimen of Eucommia, collected in Hupeh in 1887 by Dr. A. Henry, was described in 1890 by Prof. Oliver in the Icones Plantarum. Dr. Henry's specimens were accompanied by the following note :- The Tu chung tree, 20-30 feet. The bark of this tree is a most valued medicine with the Chinese, selling at 4s. to 8s. a lb. Mons. Pierre concurred that the suggested identification with Parameria must be abandoned. Subsequently further specimens were received from the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. These had been collected in Szechuen in 1874 by Rev. Pere Farges. They were accompanied by the following note :-Lorsqu'on brise l'ecorce les vaisseaux*corticaux s'etirent comme des fils de ?oies; c'est pour cela qu'il est appel6 aussi vulgairement se mien. Ecorce officinale usit'e dans les maladies des reins et comme une charpie dans les blessures. Eucommia is a tree of mountainous districts. The name Tu chung is, however, applied by the Chinese to a tree of the plains, which is almost certainly a Euonymus, and not improbably E. hamiltonianus, Wall.
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