CHAP. 31.—BOTRYS, AMBROSIA, OR ARTEMISIA: ONE REMEDY.
Botrys1 is a shrublike plant, which has small yellow
branches, with the seed growing all round them, and leaves
resembling2 those of endive. It is found upon the banks of
running streams, and is used for the cure of hardness of
breathing. The people of Cappadocia call this plant "ambrosia," others again, "artemisia."
1 The Chenopodium botrys of Linnæus, Cut-leaved goose foot, or oak
of Jerusalem. See B. xxv. c. 36, and c. 11 of this Book.
2 There is no such resemblance. The name "botrys" was given to
the plant from the little clusters formed by the blossoms.
The Natural History. Pliny the Elder. John Bostock, M.D., F.R.S. H.T. Riley, Esq., B.A. London. Taylor and Francis, Red Lion Court, Fleet Street. 1855.
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