Licorice characteristics

What is a licorice plant?

Characteristics of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Common English noun: Licorice

Scientific noun: Glycyrrhiza glabra L.

Family: Pea family – Papilionaceae

Habitat: It comes from the Mediterranean Europe and Asia Minor and it is cultivated in many places, Being naturalized in many humid places, beds of dry rivers, ravines, etc.

Description of licorice

Perennial plant, belonging to the pea family up to 1 ‘ 5 m.

A drawing of the plant

Erect stems, glabrous, ligneous bellow.

Leaves with short petiole, with 17 sticky leaflets.

Axillary flowers, blue or purplish, in clusters, about 1 cm long.

The fruit is a pod, till 2 cm long.

Active principles of licorice

Active parts: The roots

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21 November, 2023

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