Orchis Masculata. It is called dog-stones, goat-stones, foal-stones, fox-stones, satiricon, culbeans, together with many other too tedious to rehearse. It is a beautiful plant, found in moist pastures in June, with a stem like that of the tulip, crowned at the top with a spike of beautiful purple flowers, curious in shape. The corolla is formed of three petals, and terminating behind in a spur. The leaves are long, pointed, and grow from the root. The root is a double tuber.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Orchis:

From the root the Salep of commerce is obtained, a nutritious and wholesome farina. When carefully prepared, it is one of the best articles of diet for a weakly person, and for invalids. They are only to be washed in hot water, the brown skin scraped off with a coarse cloth, and then placed in a hot oven for about 10 minutes, and then dried for use as a powder. It is very valuable.
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