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Upon the bark of the wild and cultivated plums we find an excrescence1 growing, known to the Greeks by the name of "lichen:" it is remarkably good for chaps and condylomatous swellings.

1 "Limus." Fée thinks that this may possibly be the Evernia prunastri of modern botany. It has been suggested, however, that Pliny has committed an error here, and that in copying from the Greek source he has mistaken the author's mention of the cure of lichens by the gum of the plum-tree, for an account of a lichen which grows on the tree. Such, in fact, is the statement of Dioscorides in B. i. c. 174, though he does not mention chaps and condylomata.

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