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1 The Ruta graveolens of Linnæus. See B. xx. c. 51. This offensive herb, though looked upon by the Romans as a vegetable, is now only regarded as an active medicament of almost poisonous qualities.
2 A.U.C. 421.
3 It so happens that it thrives best on the same soil as the fig-tree.
4 This practice has no beneficial effect whatever.
5 This is not the fact; for its branches never come in contact with the ground.
6 Pliny has derived the greater part of this Chapter from Theophrastus, Hist. Plant. B vii. c. 5, and Columella, B. xi. c. 3.
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