The common juniper (j. Communis) is a shrub of a low, spreading form, having awl-shaped, rigid leaves in whorls of threes, and bearing small purplish blue berries (or galbuli), of a warm, pungent taste, used as diuretic and in flavoring gin. A resin exudes from the bark, which has erroneously been considered identical with sandarach, and is used as pounce. The oil of juniper is acrid, and used for various purposes, as in medicine, for making varnish, etc. The wood of several species is of a reddish colour, hard and durable, and is used in cabinetwork under the names of red cedar, bermuda cedar, etc.
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... university of michigan and asked him to ID this thing. Here's what he answered: The orange fungus is probably cedar-apple rust (Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae) since the host is a ornamental juniper, the infected part of the plant is a "cone" and the fungus growth is orange. The orange ...
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