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Swallowwort or Swallow-wort is a term used for several plants and plant families. While the term "Swallowwort" may be derived from description of poisonous effects; there were, in the past plants used medicinally for tonsillitis and referred to as "swallowwort".

The following plants are referred to as "Swallowwort":

  • Vincetoxicum hirundinaria
  • Any of several vines of the genus Cynanchum, especially black swallowwort (Cynanchum nigrum) or white swallowwort (Cynanchum vincetoxicum). Cynanchum is from Greek words meaning "to choke a dog."
  • Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus).
  • Greater Celandine and Swallowwort were each often categorized with Tetterworts because they were used to treat Tetter. This led to nomenclature confusion among these worts.
  • many plants of the genus Asclepias
  • Euphorbia maculata
  • Seutera angustifolia, a plant of the genus Seutera
  • References

    Swallowwort Wikipedia


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