CHAP. 69.—THE ERYSISCEPTRUM, ADIPSATHEON, OR DIAXYLON:
There is also found in the islands of Nisyros and of Rhodes,
a shrub of smaller size, but fill as thorny, known by some as
by others as the adipsatheon, and by the
Syrians as the diaxylon. The best kind is that which is the
ferulaceous in the stem, and which is of a red colour, or
inclining to purple, when the bark is removed. It is found
growing in many places, but is not everywhere odoriferous.
We have already3
stated how remarkably sweet the odour of
it is, when the rainbow has been extended over it.
This plant cures fetid ulcers of the mouth, polypus4
nose, ulcerations or carbuncles of the generative organs, and
chaps; taken in drink it acts as a carminative, and is curative
of strangury. The bark is good for patients troubled with
discharges of blood, and a decoction of it acts astringently on
the bowels. It is generally thought that the wild plant is
productive of the same effects.