Definition of Gum plant
1. Noun. Any of various western American plants of the genus Grindelia having resinous leaves and stems formerly used medicinally; often poisonous to livestock.
Group relationships: Genus Grindelia, Grindelia
Specialized synonyms: Grindelia Robusta, Curlycup Gumweed, Grindelia Squarrosa
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
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Literary usage of Gum plant
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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"... gum-plant (gum'plant), ». A plant of the genus Grindelia : so called from the viscid secretion which covers them. [California.] gum-pot (gum'pot), n. ..."
2. The Wild Flowers of California, Their Names, Haunts, and Habits by Mary Elizabeth Parsons (1897)
"Our Californian plants are mostly of the var. hirsutissima, Gray, having very large flowers and a hairy capsule. GUM-PLANT. RESIN-WEED. AUGUST-FLOWER. ..."
3. Plant Names, Scientific and Popular, Including in the Case of Each Plant the by Albert Brown Lyons (1900)
"Gum-plant, Tar-weed. Compositae. Named for Prof. H. Grinde.l of Riga, d. 1836. ... Grindelia, Gum-plant. Flowering tops of this and of (b); Grindelia. ..."