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The variety, on the other hand, known as soft1 cunila, has a more velvety leaf, and branches covered with thorns; when rubbed it has just the smell of honey, and it adheres to the fingers when touched. There is another kind, again, known to us as "libanotis,"2 a name which it owes to the resemblance of its smell to that of frankincense. Both of these plants, taken in wine or vinegar, are antidotes for the stings of serpents. Beaten up in water, also, and sprinkled about a place, they kill fleas.3

1 Fée is of opinion that Pliny has here confounded "cunila" with "conyza," and that he means the κόνυζα μικρά of Dioscorides, B. iii. c. 136, the κόνυζα θῆλυς of Theophrastus, Hist. Plant. B. vi. c. 2, supposed to be the Inula pulicaria of Linnæus. See B. xxi. c. 32.

2 A variety of Conyza. See B. xxi. c. 32.

3 Dioscorides, B. iii. c. 136, says the same of the κόνυζα μικρά, or "small conyza."

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