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Grand Valley State University
Catalog #: GVSC000289
Taxon: GVSU Digitization Project Galanthus nivalis L.
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Determiner: Addie Ingles (23 June 2013)
ID References: Tropicos.org (APG)
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Collector: Tami Je Schoenborn   1   
Date: 2007-03-10
Locality: Michigan, Muskegon, 329 Dratz St Muskegon MI 49442 Small group of plants by the large oak by driveway and road
43.246348  -86.215323 +-25m.
Description: bulb, 15cm tall, few linear leaves, erect flowering stalk, droops down, 6 petals, 3 outer segments are larger and more convex then inner series, flowers in early spring
Occurrence Remarks: Medicinal uses: It was suggested by Duvoisin in 1983 that the mysterious magical herb moly that appears in Homer's Odyssey is actually snowdrop. An active substance in snowdrop is called galantamine, which, as anticholinesterase, could have acted as an antidote to Circe's poisons. Galantamine (or galanthamine) can be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, though it is not a cure.
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Record Id: 7b2464cd-53a0-4362-8026-3e0bc6ac0e93
Occurrence ID (GUID): 7b2464cd-53a0-4362-8026-3e0bc6ac0e93
For additional information on this occurrence, please contact: Dr. Tim Evans (evanstim@gvsu.edu)
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