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1 The Stipa tenacissima of Linnæus; a kind of broom, called "Esparto" by the Spaniards.
2 Although, as Fée says, this is still the fact, it is a plant which would readily admit of cultivation. Varro, however, De Re Rust. B. i. c. 23, speaks of it in conjunction with hemp, flax, and rushes, as being sown.
3 This kind, Fée thinks, may possibly have been identical with the Spartum Lygeum of Linnæus, false esparto, or alvarde.
4 At the present day it is only in the provinces on the Mediterranean that spartum is found; the other provinces producing nothing but alvarde.
5 It is still used in the southern parts of Spain for the same purposes.
6 The shoes now made of it are known as "espartenas" and "alpargatas."
7 It is not dangerous in itself, but is too tough to be a favourite article of food with cattle.
8 Fifteenth of May and thirteenth of June.
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