CHAP. 99. (17.)—CORACESTA AND CALLICIA.
While I am treating of plants of a marvellous nature, I am
induced to make some mention of certain magical plants—for
what, in fact, can there be more marvellous than they? The first
who descanted upon this subject in our part of the world were
Pythagoras and Democritus, who have adopted the accounts
given by the Magi. Coracesta1
and callicia, according to
Pythagoras, are plants which congeals2
water. I find no
mention made of them, however, by any other author, and he
himself gives no further particulars relative to them.