Common names. This evergreen shrub, a native of Mexico and South America, is frequently cultivated in Southern California under the names “Pepper tree,” “Chili pepper,” etc.
Schinus molle, Linn. Natural order: Anacardiacae. Preparation: Tincture of the berries.
Miss__ ate three or four berries after dinner; 2, effects on Dr.
P. of eating leaves and berries. She was shortly after attacked with pain in the bowels and long-continued vomiting. She expressed herself to me, “It was as if all my bowels should be emptied out.” When the gastric symptoms abated a little, a profuse diarrhoea continued all night. The vomiting was extremely painful, but the diarrhoea was painless. Heartburn, dryness of the oesophagus and breath, rolling and flatulence of the bowels, and a griping sensation in the liver; also a kind of drawing sensation as in the spinal cord and cerebellum.