A family of flowering plants of the family Coptis native to Asia and North America. The roots of the plants contain significant amounts of the yellow olorant 'berberine'. It can easily be extracted to produce a bright yellow dye that fluoresces brightly in ultraviolet light.
- See also [Uemera Dye Archive (Ouren)]
Synonyms and Related Terms
mouthroot; Coptis japonica; Ouren (Jap.)
Resources and Citations
- R.J. Adrosko, Natural Dyes in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1968
- Wikipedia 'Coptis' at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coptis (accessed June 2020)