CPC Plant Profile: Black Cohosh
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Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)

Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa) is included in commercial OTC preparations for treatment of menopause symptoms and PMS (premenstrual syndrome). It is an herbaceous perennial found in forest understories in eastern North America. Photo Credit: State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Description
  • Global Rank: N/A
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Ranunculaceae
  • State: IA, MO, AR, IL, IN, OH, MI, KY, WV, VA, TN, SC, NC, AL, GA, MS, MD, DE, PA, NJ, NY, MA, RI, ME
  • Nature Serve ID: 154359
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 12/07/2021

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Nomenclature
Taxon Actaea racemosa
Authority L.
Family Ranunculaceae
CPC Number 44954
ITIS 821148
USDA ACRA7
Common Names Black Cohosh | black snakeroot | black baneberry
Associated Scientific Names Actaea racemosa | Cimicifuga racemosa | Actaea racemosa var. dissecta | Cimicifuga racemosa var. dissecta | Actaea racemosa var. racemosa | Actaea ramosa | Cimicifuga ramosa | Actaea gyrostachya | Actaea monogyna | Actaea orthostachya | Botrophis actaeoides | Botrophis pumila | Botrophis serpentaria | Cimicifuga americana | Cimicifuga serpentaria | Cimicifuga serpentaria var. orthostachya | Macrotrys actaeoides | Macrotrys racemosa | Megotrys serpentaria | Thalictrodes racemosa
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