—Mercurialis mas et faemina.—It grows teninches high. The stalks are angular, green, thick, but not firm, and rather erect. The leaves are oblong, broadest in the middle, sharp-pointed, serrated at the edges, and of a deep green colour. The female plants produce two seeds growing together at the top of a little spike. The male plants produce only one spike of dusty flowers, without any seeds. People mistake, calling the female the male.
Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of French Mercury:
—A decoction of the fresh gathered plant is gently aperient, and diuretic, promoting urine; it is cooling, and good for hot constitutions and over-fulness. The dried herb is used in decoction for clysters.
See also Dog Mercury, and English Merucury.
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