baneberry

baneberry
/bayn"ber'ee, -beuh ree/, n., pl. baneberries.
1. any plant belonging to the genus Actaea, of the buttercup family, having large compound leaves, spikes of small white flowers, and poisonous red or white berries.
2. the berry of such a plant.
[1745-55; BANE + BERRY]

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▪ plant genus
also called  cohosh , or  necklaceweed 
 any of about eight species of perennial herbaceous plants constituting the genus Actaea of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae); they are all native to North Temperate Zone woodlands.

      The white baneberry (A. pachypoda; sometimes A. alba), which is native to North America, is 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 inches) tall and bears white berries. The cohosh, or herb Christopher (A. spicata), native to Eurasia, is approximately 30 to 60 cm (12 to 24 inches) tall and bears purplish black berries that sometimes are used to make dye. The red baneberry, or red cohosh (A. rubra), native to North America, closely resembles A. spicata. Its fruits are red or ivory. The roots and berries of baneberry plants contain irritant resins that have a cathartic action and produce vomiting. The plants are useful subjects for the shady wild garden.

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