CHAP. 39.—THE CIRSION: ONE REMEDY.
is a plant consisting of a diminutive and delicate stem, two cubits in height, of a triangular form, and
covered with prickly leaves. The prickles on the leaves are
downy, and the leaves themselves resemble those of buglos-
in shape, but are smaller, and of a whitish colour. At
the summit of the plant there are small purple heads, which
fall off in the shape of down. This plant or the root of it,
worn as an amulet, it is said, is curative of the pains attendant
upon varicose veins.