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Woodruff (Asperula)

   Woodruff (Asperula), fam. Rubiaceae.
   Grows in the forest, in shady places. Forms gritty vines, sticking to clothes. It is distinguished by whorled leaf arrangement. Woodruff is slightly toxic; in small quantities it may be used as a spice, but there is no definite sense to do so.It is used as a sedative and hypnotic, diuretic, sudorific remedy, and also for jaundice. As well as other herbs rich in coumarin, woodruff should be used limitedly.

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