CHAP. 101.—THE COTYLEDON: TWO VARIETIES OF IT: SIXTY-ON,
is a small herbaceous plant, with a diminu-
tive, tender stem, and an unctuous leaf, with a concave surface
like that of the cotyloïd cavity of the thigh. It grows in
maritime and rocky localities, is of a green colour, and has a
rounded root like an olive: the juice of it is remedial for
diseases of the eyes.
There is another2
kind also of the same plant, the leaves of
which are of a dirty green3
colour, larger than those of the
other, and growing in greater numbers about the root, which
is surrounded with them just as the eye is with the socket.
These leaves have a remarkably astringent taste, and the stem
is of considerable length, but extremely slender. This plant
is employed for the same purposes as the iris and aizoüm.