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The rhododendron1 has not so much as found a Latin name among us, its other names being "rhododaphne"2 and "nerium." It is a marvellous fact, but the leaves3 of this plant are poisonous to quadrupeds; while for man, if taken in wine with rue, they are an effectual preservative against the venom of serpents. Sheep too, and goats, it is said, if they drink water in which the leaves have been steeped, will die immediately.

1 The "rose-tree." Our rose-bay or oleander.

2 "Rose-laurel."

3 See B. xvi. c. 33. It is, Fée says, an energetic poison, but as injurious to man as it is to animals.

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