Also known as: Spindle tree; Prick timber; Prickwood; Spindleberry
Plant folklore: Name means “of good repute”.
Wood used to make toothpicks and skewers, hence prick wood. Also spindles.
Used as an emetic and purgative. Essence creates self-awareness and feelings of personal security.
Factual infl: Can grow to 8m, but more often as a bush.
Makes quality artist’s charcoal. Provides food for the spindle ermine moth.
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- 25 Nov, 2009
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