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Aloysia gratissima (Gillies & Hook. ex Hook.) Tronc. var. gratissima

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In Argentina and the neighboring countries, the aboveground part of Aloysia gratissima (Gillies & Hook. ex Hook.) Tronc. “whitebrush” is used for its aromatic and medicinal properties. The plant is a shrub reaching 3 meters height that is distributed in both South and North America. In Argentina, it is mainly used by the so called “yerba mate” industries, in compound products. As in the case of other native aromatic and medicinal species, the demand is mainly covered by the collection of wild plants, which leads to the possible overexploitation, deterioration of both resources and the heterogeneity of the commercialized product.

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A. gratissima var. gratissima. (Photo: Risso OA)

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Risso, O.A., Suárez, S.A., Posadaz, A.C. (2021). Aloysia gratissima (Gillies & Hook. ex Hook.) Tronc. var. gratissima. In: Máthé, Á., Bandoni, A. (eds) Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of South America Vol. 2. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World, vol 7. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-62818-5_3

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