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The elatine1 has leaves like those of the helxine,2 diminu- tive, round, and hairy; its branches are small, half a foot in length, five or six in number, and covered with leaves from the root upwards. It grows in corn-fields, and has a rough flavour: hence it is found very useful for defluxions of the eyes, the leaves being beaten up and applied with polenta3 in a linen pledget. A decoction of this plant with linseed, taken in pottage, is good for dysentery.

1 Desfontaines and Fée identify it with the Antirrhinum spurium of Linnæus, Bastard toad-flax, calves' snout, or snapdragon. Littré gives the Linaria Græca as its synonym.

2 See B. xxii. c. 19.

3 See B. xviii. c. 14.

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