145. NIGELLA.—NIGELLA. The seeds of Nigel'la damasce'na Linné. Habitat: Levant; cultivated. Triangular-ovate, about 2.5 mm. (1/10 in.) long; testa brittle, dull-black; embryo straight and small, with pointed ends. It has a strawberry-like odor, and bitter taste. Used as an emmenagogue and diuretic.
A Manual of Organic Materia Medica and Pharmacognosy, 1917, was written by Lucius E. Sayre, B.S. Ph. M.