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There is no one to whom quinquefolium1 is unknown, being recommended by a sort of strawberry2 which it bears: The Greeks give it the name of pentapetes,3 pentaphyllon,4 and Chammæzelon.5 The root, when taken up, is red; but as it dries it becomes black and angular. Its name is derived from the number of its leaves: it puts forth and withers with the leaves of the vine. This plant also is employed in the purification of houses.

1 Or "five-leaved." Most probably the Potentilla reptans of Linnæus, our Cinquefoil, or Five-leaved grass. Sprengel, however, identifies it with the Tormentilla reptans of Linnæus, the Tormentil; and other authorities with the Potentilla rupestris of Linnæus.

2 Its fruit is dry, and bears no resemblance to the strawberry.

3 "Five-leaved."

4 "Five-leaved."

5 "Creeping on the ground."

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