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MULBERRY
BOTANICAL CLASSIFICATION
Family :
Moraceae (Mulberry)
Genus :
Morus
Species :
rubra; alba; nigra
COMMON NAMES
M. rubra : Red Mulberry; American Mulberry
M. alba : White Mulberry
M. nigra : Black Mulberry; Common Mulberry
USES
Used in the cultivation of silkworms; Roots used as a laxative; Unripe fruit and young greens are said to have hallucinogenic properties and are known to contain Piperidine alkaloids.
DESCRIPTION
Morus rubra is a fast-growing tree up to 50 ft tall with a light brown or grey trunk up to 1 foot in diameter. Fruits are tiny with one seed each, crowded into large clusters considered a single 'berry'.
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