CHAP. 100.—THE ACORON OR AGRION: FOURTEEN REMEDIES.
has leaves similar to those of the iris,2
narrower, and with a longer stalk; the roots of it are black,
and not so veined, but in other respects are similar to those of
the iris, have an acrid taste and a not unpleasant smell, and
act as a carminative. The best roots are those grown in
Pontus, the next best those of Galatia, and the next those of
Crete; but it is in Colchis, on the banks of the river Phasis,
and in various other watery localities, that they are found in
the greatest abundance, When fresh, they have a more
powerful odour than when kept for some time: these of Crete
are more blanched than the produce of Pontus. They are cut
into pieces about a finger in length, and dried in leather bags3
in the shade.
There are some authors who give the name of "acoron" to
the root of the oxymyrsine;4
for which reason also some prefer
giving that plant the name of "acorion." It has powerful properties as a calorific and resolvent, and is taken in drink for
cataract and films upon the eyes; the juice also is extracted,
and taken for injuries inflicted by serpents.