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The tamier is toxic as a whole, his large rhizome noirâtre contains an astringent milk (calcium oxalate) which can cause dermites of contact.

Pulp was formerly prescribed like purgative and diuretic, and mainly used for its antinevralgic properties of external use in the form of cataplasm (cooked root) to treat hématomes and bruises, from where its vernacular grass name to the beaten women.

It was also prescribed of external use to treat rheumatisms, the crisis of drop. Nowadays the tamus is prescribed in homeopathy like antirhumatismale. Formerly, our grands' mothers used it to treat the lice.

Le tamier fruit
Le tamier commun (tamus communis) grass with the beaten women is still called; it acts of a hardy perennial which pushes in the hedges and wood lights, it belongs to the family of < b>dioscoréacées.

The underground part is a tuberous rhizome .
Stems produced push in spring and die after fructification. These stems are voluble, they can reach approximately 4 m; at their exit, they green, are tinted crimson or sometimes almost black according to the subjects. With the break, they let escape much from sap and an odor not very pleasant. Sheets alternate are, at the beginning, of a green very shining; their form recalls that of a c?ur to lengthened point.

In April-May, the < b>fleurs appear, they tiny, yellow-greenish and are grouped in low-size bunches for the female flowers (with pistil) and in long narrow bunches for the male flowers (with cheesecloths). This plant being dioïc, these two types of flowers are carried by different individuals.

The fruits are red bays which persist a long time on the stem which faded.

The young stems which resemble asparagus growths are the object, in our area, of a baited research, one calls them reponchons them (to pronounce pépounchouns, one must hear the "S" final) . This word must come from poncho (pouncho) which indicates a point; forgiveness for the purists, I do not control the orthography occitane.

These growths are consumed after cooking with the water which spreads an odor not very engaging, is out of vinaigrette, matched if one wants, of a more consequent seasoning, that is to say out of omelette with plugs. In themselves, it is necessary to acknowledge, their taste diverting for not-is accustomed enough.

By against, the fruits are toxic thus that the believed rhizome.

This rhizome has virtues medicinal diuretic, purgative, vomitory and resolvent.

The plant was formerly applied to the wounds of the women victims of violences from where the name bleaches on grass with the beaten women

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