Common Ground Moss.

Botanical name: 

Muscus terrestris vulgaris.

A pretty, but very small plant. It creeps on the ground, or rises in tufts two or three inches high, according to the place. The stalks are very slender, but they are thick, covered with leaves, and their branches are disposed in such a manner that they in some degree resemble fern. The leaves are very small, of a triangular shape, and of a bright, green; they stand loosely on the lower part of the stalks, but on the upper, they lie close and cover them. It very rarely produces its seeds; but when it does, there rise naked and very slender pedicles an inch long from the bosoms of the leaves, and at the top of each of these stands a little oblong head, of a brownish red colour, covered with a cap like an extinguisher in shape, and full of a fine green dust.

The whole plant is used; it is to be dried and powdered, and is given with success against overflowings of the menses, and all bleedings; it is also good against the whites.

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