CHAP. 97.—POTERION, PHRYNION, OR NEURAS: FOUR REMEDIES.
or, as some call it, "phrynion" or "neuras,"2
throws out numerous branches, is shrivelled and prickly, and
covered with a thick down. The leaves of it are small and
round; the branches long, soft, thin, and flexible; and the
blossom elongated, and of a grass-green colour. The seed is
never used, but it has a pungent flavour and a powerful smell:
the plant is found growing upon moist, watery, elevations.
The roots are two or three in number, some two cubits in
length, sinewy, white, and firm. It is dug up in autumn, and
the stem yields a juice like gum, when cut. The root is said
to be of wonderful efficacy as an application for the cure of
wounds, more particularly of the sinews, even when severed.
A decoction of it is also taken, with honey, for relaxations of
the sinews, and for weakness or wounds of those parts.