A CLAMBERING plant of the warm climates, but unknown in this part of the world, until described by those who have been where it grows. The stalks are weak, angulated, and reddish; the leaves are broad and short, and the flowers small; the fruit is of the bigness of a pepper corn, but a little oblong, and grows on a long and very slender foot stalk.
This fruit is the part used; the druggists keep it. It is a warm and pleasant spice good against weaknesses of the stomach, in colics, and in palsies, and all nervous disorders. But it is seldom used alone.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.