Sep. 9, 2022

Stiff gentians

When I first saw Alabama pinkroot I wondered if it was a gentian. If you compare the structure of these gentians to today's pinkroot, you can see why. Loganiaceae, the family that includes pinkroots, is related to Gentianaceae. Many plants in the Logania family are seriously poison, including Strychnos, the original source of strychnine.