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Sea bryon1 is a plant, no doubt,2 with leaves like those of the lettuce, of a wrinkled, pursed appearance, and destitute of stem, the leaves arising from a single root: it grows upon rocks more particularly, and shells sunk in the sand. It has desiccative3 and astringent qualities in a very high degree, properties which render it useful for reducing all kinds of abscesses and inflammations, those attendant upon gout in particular. It is good also for all affections which stand in need of cooling applications.

1 The Ulva lactuca of Linnæus, Lettuce laver; see B. xiii. c. 49, B. xxiv. c. 17, and B. xxxii. c. 36.

2 He probably says this in reference to the opinion expressed by Theo- phrastus, Hist. iv. 7, that it was a name for sea-weed in general, and not a specific plant.

3 In reality, it is destitute of medicinal properties. Some kinds of laver are considered a dainty food.

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