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The caucalis,1 too, is an edible plant. It resembles fennel in appearance, and has a short stem with a white flower;2 it is usually considered a good cordial.3 The juice, too, of this plant is taken as a potion, being particularly recommended as a stomachic, a diuretic, an expellent of calculi and gravel, and for the cure of irritations of the bladder. It has the effect, also, of attenuating morbid secretions4 of the spleen, liver, and kidneys. The seed of it acts as an emmenagogue, and dispels the bilious secretions after child-birth: it is prescribed also, for males, in cases of seminal weakness. Chrysippus is of opinion that this plant promotes conception; for which purpose it is taken by women in wine, fasting. It is employed in the form of a liniment, for wounds inflicted by marine animals of a venomous nature, at least we find it so stated by Petrichus in his poem.5

1 See B. xxi. c. 52.

2 This is the Caucalis grandiflora of Linnæus, Fée thinks.

3 "Medicine for the heart." All these statements as to its medicinal properties, are quite erroneous, Fée says.

4 "Pituitas."

5 On Antidotes for the stings of serpents. See end of B. xix.

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