Latin name: Actaea rubra (Aiton) Willd.
Botanical family: Ranunculaceae
Growth habit: Herb
Vernacular name(s): red baneberry (Eng.)
actée rouge, poison de couleuvre (Fr.)
maskominanatik (Cree)
odzi'bikens', wi'cosidji'bik, wîckobidji'bîk (Ojibwa)
Whole plant :Used in a purgative tea [Cree 42; Metis 13].
Roots :Decoction made with 20 other plants and drunk to treat nose bleeding [Dene 13]. Mixed with spruce branch tips in a decoction taken to treat stomach problems such as indigestion or constipation [Ojibwa 87; Metis 13]. Decoction for stomach pain [Ojibwa 44, 84; Penobscot 44]. Decoction or infusion given to slow heavy menstrual flow [Ojibwa 47; Cree 95]. Tea drunk after childbirth [Ojibwa 87].