What is the role of Ginkgo biloba in botanical dermatology?

Updated: Aug 23, 2019
  • Author: Glen H Crawford, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) is widely grown in suburban areas in North America and Europe because of its beauty, size, and pollution resistance. Allergic reactions are mediated by anacardic acid, which is present in the seed pulp. The unique fan-shaped leaves, shown below, are easily recognizable.

Mature gingko tree, Ginkgo biloba, growing in Fred Mature gingko tree, Ginkgo biloba, growing in Frederick, Md.

 

Ginkgo biloba has a characteristic bilobed leaf. Ginkgo biloba has a characteristic bilobed leaf.

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