Cornus canadensis, Bunchberry

Cornus canadensis, Bunchberry whole plant decoction was used by the Iroquois for colds and fevers. Leaf tea a folk remedy aches and pains, kidney and lung ailments and as an eyewash. Fruits eaten as a snack food, dried and stored for winter use. The bitter dried fruits (formerly called Bitter Redberry) were used to stimulate appetite and poor digestion. Flowers open explosively in 0.5 milliseconds, releasing pollen, the fastest recorded movement in a plant.

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