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The leaves of the siler,1 applied to the forehead, allay head-ache; and the seed of it, beaten up with oil, is curative of phthiriasis. Serpents also are greatly in dread of this tree, and it is for this reason that the country-people are in the habit of carrying a walking-stick made of it.

1 See B. xvi. c. 31. If this is the Salix vitellina, Fée says, all that Pliny here states as to its medicinal properties does not merit the slightest attention.

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