monique at bio.tamu.edu
Thu Oct 15 16:38:39 EST 1998
A common misconception is that the Native Americans used the leaves as an
emetic tea (hence the specific epithet). They made a caffeine-rich tea from
the leaves. Purging (if any) was done with the berries.
M. Reed in the yaupon capital of the known world, E.-Cen. TX.
>And I seem to remember that Ilex vomitoria was a descriptive name of the
>tea early settlers and NA made from the leaves, possibly bark.
>Monique Reed wrote:
>> The berries are toxic; the leaves are quite high in caffeine. I'd imagine the
>> branches are safe.
>> M. Reed
>> >Please email me at: gabriel.h at mail.utexas.edu
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