Actaea

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Related to Actaea spicata: Actaea rubra, Actaea racemosa
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Actaea

 

a genus of plants of the Ranunculaceae family. They are perennial herbs with large, double trefoil leaves. The flowers are in clusters; the fruits are berry-like. There are approximately ten species known in the northern hemisphere. In the USSR there are three species; all are toxic. The most common is baneberry (A. spicata), which grows in the shady forests of the European part of the USSR, the Caucasus, Western Siberia, and Altai.

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