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Turkey rhubarb
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rheum
Species: R. palmatum
Binomial name
Rheum palmatum

Rheum palmatum, known as Turkey rhubarb, Chinese rhubarb, ornamental rhubarb, and East Indian rhubarb, is a plant in the family Polygonaceae.[1] Closely related to the garden Rhubarb, Rheum rhaponticum, it has a similar purgative effect upon the human body.

Turkey rhubarb is cited in the Yorkshire Fed. of Women's Institutes cookbook Through Yorkshire's kitchen door (31st ed. 3rd impression June 1958) (page 192) as part of a cure for indigestion: full recipe half oz. turkey rhubarb, half oz ground ginger, half oz bicarb. of soda, one oz magnesia: mix well together, dose half teaspoonful in a little water before each meal.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health's Medline lists Rheum palmatum as one of the active ingredients in the controversial (and as yet unproven in clinical trials) cancer treatment Essiac.[1]


  1. ^ "Essiac". MedlinePlus -- Trusted Health Information for You. Retrieved 2008-01-24.  


Up to date as of January 23, 2010

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Rheum palmatum Woodville.jpg


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Unassigned core eudicots
Ordo: Caryophyllales
Familia: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rheum

Species: Rheum palmatum


Rheum palmatum L.

Vernacular name

English: Turkey Rhubarb, Chinese Rhubarb, Ornamental Rhubarb, East Indian Rhubarb
Polski: Rabarbar Dłoniasty, Rzewień Chiński, Rzewień Palczasty
Русский: Ревень пальчатый
Svenska: Flikrabarber
Türkçe: Ravent


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