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The common1 thorn too, with which the fulling coppers are filled, is employed for the same purposes as the radicula.2 In the provinces of Spain it is commonly employed as an ingredient in perfumes and unguents, under the name of "aspalathos." There is no doubt, however, that there is also a wild thorn of the same name in the East, as already mentioned,3 of a white colour, and the size of an ordinary tree.

1 Fée suggests that this may be the Dipsacus fullonum of Linnæus, the fuller's thistle.

2 See B. xix. c. 18, and c. 58 of this Book.

3 In B. xii. c. 52. But in that passage he makes the Aspalathos to be identical with the Erysisceptrum, which he here distinguishes from it. Fée thinks that there can be no identity between the common thorn here mentioned, and the Aspalathos. This latter, as mentioned in B. xii., according to Fée , is the Convolvulus scoparius of Linnæus, the broom bindweed, but Littré says that M. Fraas has identified it with the Genista acanthoclada.

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