Tue Feb 9 00:41:44 CST 1999

Dear Taxacomers,

A friend of mine showed me the book "Au temps du fleuve Amour" by
Andrei Makine. Among the wonders of the deep taiga forests of the
Russian Far East by the River Amur the author tells that the fleshy
rhizome of a plant called "Kharg-racine", Kharg-root, is praised by
the local people for its medicinal powers. For translation purposes
by my friend it would be good to know what sort of plant is in
question, but I cannot find it out from the books available. Could
anyone possibly give some advice. I have every reason to believe that
this is not just an imaginary plant.
Thank you in advance
Ilkka Kukkonen
Botanical Museum
Finnish Museum of Natural History
P.O. Box 7
FIN-00014 Helsinki University
telephone +358-0-1918632
fax +358-0-191 8656
e-mail ilkka.kukkonen at

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