251. FOENUM GRAECUM.—FENUGREEK.) The seeds of Trigonel'la foenum-grae'cum Linné. Habitat: India and the Mediterranean Basin. Brownish or yellowish, rhomboid seeds, about 3 mm. (1/8 in.) in diameter, often wrinkled or distorted. They are divided into two equal lobes by a deep furrow running from the hilum on the sharper edge, diagonally across the sides. Odor peculiar, characteristic; taste mucilaginous and bitter. Used mostly as a demulcent in condition-powders.
A Manual of Organic Materia Medica and Pharmacognosy, 1917, was written by Lucius E. Sayre, B.S. Ph. M.