podophyllum definition

  • noun:
    • the genus Podophyllum of herbaceous perennial flowers in family Berberidaceae, with palmately lobed umbrella-like leaves, and several stems made out of a creeping underground rhizome.
    • The rhizome and rootlet associated with may-apple (Podophyllum peltatum), used as a cathartic medication.
    • A genus of natural herbs regarding the Barberry family, having huge palmately lobed peltate leaves and solitary flower. There are two main types, the United states Podophyllum peltatum, or may-apple, the Himalayan Podophyllum Emodi.
    • The rhizome and rootlet of the May apple (Podophyllum peltatum), -- utilized as a cathartic medication.
    • A genus of polypetalous plants of the order BerberideƦ and tribe BerbereƦ, characterized by having the ovules in many rows, the flower with six sepals, from six to nine petals, as many or twice as many stamens, and a large peltate stigma crowning the ovary, which becomes in fruit a berry.
    • perennial rhizomatous natural herbs

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