One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A climbing plant with broad glossy leaves, poisonous red berries, and black tubers. Native to Europe, it is the only British member of the yam family.
Tamus communis, family Dioscoreaceae
- ‘A rather undistinguished twining plant with shiny heart- or arrow-shaped leaves and small, green 6-petalled flowers, black bryony grows in woods and hedges.’
- ‘Wash the black bryony and remove the lower hard part.’
- ‘Cases of an allergic contact dermatitis from black bryony have been described by the researchers.’
- ‘This is a soothing cream formulated from the fresh root of the wild black bryony to bring relief.’
- ‘Along the coastal line and in the internal part as far as the foot of the mount of Cumae it is easy to find: buntings, camomile, rosemary, ilexes, strawberry-trees, lentisk, junipers, black bryonies, and butcher's brooms.’
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