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Compositae. com Synonym: Aunee, Scabwort. Habitat: Moist meadows and pasture land. Features: The stem. growing up to three feet, is branched, furrowed, and downy above; egg-shaped, serrate leaves embrace the stem. The calyx is also egg-shaped and leafy, and the flowers, blooming in July and August, are large, solitary and terminal, brilliantly yellow in colour. The root is light grey, hard, horny and cylindrical. The whole plant is similar in appearance to the horseradish, its taste is bitter and acrid, and the odour reminiscent of camphor.

Features: Stem up to three feet high, swollen at the joints, freely branched. Dark green leaves, almost circular in form, with five to seven much-divided leaflets, coarsely notched at edges. " Part used: Herb. Action: Astringent, tonic, diuretic. Arrests internal and external bleeding, and exerts tonic and astringent effect on the kidneys. Decoction of equal quantities of Cranesbill and Bistort makes a good twice-daily injection against leucorrhea. An infusion of 1 ounce Cranesbill herb to 1 pint of water may be given frequently in wineglass doses.

O. Caryophyllaceae. Synonym : Star-weed, Star duckweed. Habitat: Waste places, roadsides. Features : Stem weak, straggling, freely branched; line of white hairs along one side only, changing direction at each pair of leaves. Leaves small, ovate, sessile above, flat stalks lower. Flowers white, very small, petals deeply cleft, singly on axils of upper leaves. Taste slightly salty. Part used : Herb. Action : Demulcent, emollient, pectoral. Inflammation of the respiratory organs and internal membranes generally.

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