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The Greeks speak in high terms also of the stratiotes,1 though that is a plant which grows in Egypt only, and during the inundations of the river Nilus. It is similar in appearance to the aïon,2 except that the leaves are larger. It is of a remarkably cooling nature, and, applied with vinegar, it heals wounds, as well as erysipelas and suppurations. Taken in drink with male fankincense, it is marvellously useful for discharges of blood from the kidneys.

1 "Soldier "plant. Cæsalpinus identifies it with the Salvinia natans; but Fée thinks, with Sprengel, that it is the Pistia stratiotes of Linnæus, great duckweed or pondweed.

2 "Always living." See B. xix. c. 58.

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