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There is a plant very similar in appearance to verbascum,1 so much so, indeed, as to be frequently gathered for it by mistake. The leaves, 2 however, are not so white, the stems are more numerous, and the flower is of a yellow colour. Thrown upon the ground, this plant attracts black beetles3 to it, whence its Roman appellation "blattaria."

1 See c. 73 of this Book.

2 Mostly identified with the third Phlomos, mentioned in c. 74 of this Book. Littré gives as its synonym the Phlomis fruticosa of Linnæus, Jerusalem sage, or tree-sage.

3 "Blattæ."

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