Osmunda regalis. In winter the leaves perish, and in spring it sends forth several rough hard stalks, half round and yellowish, or flat on the other side, two feet high, having several branches of winged yellowish green leaves on all sides, set one against another, longer, narrower, and not nicked on the edges as the former. From the top of some of these stalks grow a long bash of small and more yellow, green, scaly aglets, set in the same manner on the stalks as the leaves are, which are accounted the flower and seeds. The root is rough, thick, and scabby, with a white pith in the middle, called the heart. It grows on moors, bogs, and watery places.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Water Fern:

It has all the virtues of the former Ferns, is more effectual than they-, both for inward and outward ailments, and is good in wounds and bruises. The decoction to be drank; or the root may be made into an ointment for bruises and bones broken, or out of joint, and for ruptures. The decoction of the root in white wine, provokes urine exceedingly, and cleanses the bladder and urinary passages.
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