There are two varieties of conyza, also, employed in making
chaplets, the male1
plant and the female. The difference
consists in the leaves, those of the female plant being thinner,
more tapering, and narrower, and those of the male being of
an imbricated shape, the plant having a greater number of
branches. The blossom, too, of the male plant is more vivid
than that of the female: in both kinds it is late in making its
appearance, not till after the rising of Arcturus.
The smell of the male conyza is more powerful than that
of the female plant: the latter, however, is of a more penetrating
nature, for which reason it is that the female plant is
held in higher esteem for the treatment of the bites of animals.
The leaves of the female plant have exactly the smell of honey;
and the root of the male has received the name of "libanotis"
from some: we have already made mention2
of it on a previous occasion.