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Product: Hemp

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   Hemp belongs to these categories: Fibres, Recreation products
   and originated in these regions: Eurasia, South Asia

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HEMP

Cannabis sativa L. (Cannabaceae).

Given its scientific name by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, from plants cultivated in European gardens.

Originally from Central Asia.

Life form: herbaceous perennial; dioecious.

Parts used: stems for fibre; leaves and seeds as a medicinal drug.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Cannabis sativa L. - Hemp)