is a species of flowering plant in the family Celastraceae. Common names include strawberry bush, American strawberry bush, bursting-heart, and hearts-bustin'-with-love, Wahoo
. It is native to the eastern United States, its distribution extending as far west as Texas. It has also been recorded in Ontario.
This is a deciduous shrub growing up to 2 meters tall. The oppositely arranged leaves are leathery or papery in texture and measure up to 10 centimeters long. Flowers are borne in the leaf axils on peduncles up to 2.2 centimeters long. The yellow-green sepals are 1 or 2 centimeters long and the greenish or reddish petals above are smaller. The fruit capsule is about 1.5 centimeters wide with a red warty or spiny covering. The capsule splits into five sections, revealing seeds covered in bright red arils.The seeds are dispersed by animals.
Health benefits of Wahoo:
Wahoo is a tree. The trunk, root bark, and fruit are used to make medicine.
Despite serious safety concerns, people take wahoo root bark for indigestion, constipation, and water retention. They also use it as a tonic and to stimulate bile flow. Bile is produced by the liver and is important in the digestion of fats.
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