The lycapsos1 has longer and thicker leaves than those of
the lettuce,2 and a long, hairy stem, with numerous offshoots a
cubit in length; the flower is diminutive, and of a purple colour;
it grows in champaign localities. In combination with barleymeal, it is used as an application for erysipelas: the juice of
it, mixed with warm water, is employed as a sudorific, in
1 Probably the Echium Italicum of Linnæus, Italian viper's tongue.
2 There is no resemblance between the Echium and the lettuce.
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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