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1 These absurd notions are borrowed from Theophrastus, De Causis, c. 8.
2 See B. xx. c. 91.
3 Or, according to some readings, "limodorum," a parasitical plant, probably the Lathræa phelypea of Sprengel. Fée suggests that this plant may be the Polygonum convolvulus of Linnæus, or else one of the Cuscutæ, or a variety of Orobanche.
4 "Scabies." A fungous excrescence, Fée thinks, now known as "puccinia," or "uredo."
5 See B. xvii. c. 47. Fée says that he has met with persons, in their sound senses, who obstinately defend the notion here mentioned by Pliny.
6 See Theophrastus, Hist. Plant. B. vii. c. 5. Many of these insects, however, do not breed upon the plants, but are only attracted to them.
7 "Book on Gardening."
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