Listera Ovate. From a root somewhat sweet, shooting downwards many long strings, rises up a round green stalk, bare or naked, next the ground for an inch, two or three in the middle thereof, as it is in age or growth; as also from the middle upward to the flowers, having only two broad plaintain-like leaves (but whiter) set at the middle of the stalk, one against another, compassing it round at the bottom of them. It is an inhabitant of woods, copses, and many other places.

Another sort grows in wet grounds and marshes. It is a smaller plant, and greener, having sometimes three leaves; the spike of the flowers is less than the former, and the roots of this, run or creep in the ground. They are often used by many to good purpose for wounds, both green and old, and to consolidate or knit ruptures. A decoction of Twablade is good for the piles, and also the external application of its fresh juice.
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