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1787 Excerpt: ... of the colour of the spatha, which is beautifully
variegated with scarlet and yellow. Common in swamps and borders of
meadows. April--May. This plant, which is found native no where but
in NorthAmerica, has been considered by botanists as a species of
the Arum. But the florets are hermaphrodite, having each of them
distinct and perfect corolla, stamina and pistil. It therefore
belongs to the first order of this class, and is to be arranged
among the aggregate flowers with a common perianthium. The
fructification so essentially differs from all the genera of this
order, it must, undoubtedly, be considered as a new genus. The
vulgar name, by which it is, here, generally known, is taken from
its very rank and disagreeable smell, nearly resembling that of a
scunk or polecat. The The roots dried and powdered are an excellent
medicine in asthmatic cases, and often give relief when other means
are ineffectual. It may be given with safety to children as well as
to adults; to the former, in doses of four, five or six grains, and
to the latter, in doses of twenty grains and upwards. It is given
in the fit, and repeated as the case may require. This knowledge is
said to have been obtained from the Indians, who, it is likewise
said, repeat the dose after the paroxism is gone off, several
mornings, then miss as many, and repeat it again; thus continuing
the medicine until the patient is perfectly recovered. It appears
to be antispasmodic, and bids fair to be useful in many other
disorders. In collecting the roots particular care ought to be
taken that the white hellebore, or poke root, which some people
call scunk weed, be not mistaken for this plant, as the consequence
might be fatal. There is an obvious distinction--the hellebore has
a stalk, but the scunk cabbage ha...
|Country of origin:
Lloyd Library And Museum
||246 x 189 x 4mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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