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1 So called from its supposed property of consuming the spleen. It is generally identified with the Asplenium ceterach of Linnæus, Spleenwort, or miltwaste. The Asplenium hemionitis of Linnæus, Mule's fern, and the Asplenium scolopendrium of Linnæus, Hart's tongue, have also been suggested; but Fée prefers the first-named plant.
2 The "mule's plant." These animals were said to be very fond of it.
3 This is incorrect: the Ceterach has a large quantity of seed, but it is concealed beneath a kind of downy substance.
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