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Buckshorn Plantain.

Botanical name:

Coronopus.

A VERY pretty little plant, which grows in our sandy and barren places, with the leaves spread out in manner of a star, all the way round from the root; and in the heads like other plantains, although so very unlike them in its leaves. The root is long and slender: the leaves which lie thus flat upon the ground, are narrow and long, very beautifully notched, and divided so as to resemble a buck's horn, whence the name, and of a pale whitish green, and a little hairy. The stalks are slender, six inches long, but seldom quite erect: they are round, hairy, and whitish, and have at the top a spike of flowers of an inch or two in length, altogether like that of the other plantains, only more slender.

This plant has obtained the name of star of the earth, from the way of the leaves spreading themselves. These leaves bruised, and applied to a fresh wound, stop the bleeding and effect a cure. It is said also to be a remedy against the bite of a mad dog, but this is idle and groundless.


The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.



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