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There is a wild beet, too, known by some persons as "limonion,"1 and by others as "neuroides;" it has leaves much smaller and thinner than the cultivated kind, and lying closer together. These leaves amount often to eleven2 in number, the stalk resembling that of the lily.3 The leaves of this plant are very useful for burns, and have an astringent taste in the mouth: the seed, taken in doses of one acetabulum, is good for dysentery. It is said that a decoction of beet with the root has the property of taking stains out of cloths and parchment.

1 Dioscorides merely says that the leaves of the limonion are similar to those of beet, but he does not state that it is a kind of wild beet.

2 Dioscorides says "ten or more."

3 Fée is inclined to identify the "limonium," or "meadow-plant," with the Statice limonium of Linnæus; but looks upon its identification as very doubtful. Fuchs, Tragus, and Lonicerus, have identified it with the Pyrola rotundifolia; but that is not a meadow plant, it growing only in the woods. Others, again, have suggested the Senecio doria, or "water trefoil."

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