countries of growth, as Spanish, Russian, Anatolian, etc., although allvarieties except the Spanish are often classified as “Greek root.” Peeledroot may now be prepared in Russia, but Syria formerly prepared it forshipment to Europe, some of which found its way into the market as“peeled Russian.”DESCRIPTION OF DRUG.—
Long, cylindrical pieces
from 5 to 25mm. (
to 1 in.) in diameter;
externally dark-brown,longitudinally wrinkled; internally of a light-yellow color;pliable, fibrous
, tough, readily
tearing into long, fibrous strips
.Odor peculiar, earthy, taste sweetish, afterward acrid. A
shows a rather thick bark, the inner layer of which is composedprincipally of bast fibers. The
meditullium is made up of threekinds of cells
, ligneous, with oblique ends, parenchymatous, almostcubical, and large pitted ducts giving to the wood a porous appearance.Wood-wedges narrow, separated by distinct medullary rays.
Glycyrrhizal glabra glandulifera
, so-called Russian, is thicker, lesssweet, and more acrid than
G. glabra typica
.—Characteristic elements; See Part iv, Chap. I, B.
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