- n Baccharis shrubs of western hemisphere often having honey-scented flowers followed by silky thistlelike heads of tiny fruits; often used for erosion control
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n baccharis A very large genus of plants of the natural order Compositæ, somewhat nearly allied to Erigeron, but with diœcious whitish or yellowish flowers, and the leaves often coated with a resinoussecretion. They are mostly shrubs, sometimes small trees, chiefly tropical and South American. About 20 species occur in the United States. In the Andes extensive plateaus are covered with them. Sudorific and tonic properties are ascribed to several of the more resinous species. A decoction from the groundsel-tree of the West Indies and Atlantic coast of North America, B. halimifolia, is occasionally used as a remedy in diseases of the lungs and as a demulcent.