Yaupon Holly

Monique Reed 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
>> >Gabe





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