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Almea grece Dyascorides almea aut damasimon folia habet similia arnoglosse, sed angusta et super terram spansa hastam tenuem solam unius cubiti modo altam, et super capitellum florem viridem .i. croceum proferens, radices tenues habet sicut eleborus odoratas et viscidas et pingues, nascitur in aquosis locis et cetera, hec apud arabes est fistula pastoris secundum Stephanum in synonimis, et virtutes quas Dyascorides ei ascribit sunt eedem quas Avicenna ei scribit fistule pastoris in .i. capitulo eius nam duo facit capitula de hac supra in alcima ex verbo Plinii.


damasimon ABC ef | damasimou H

arnoglose ABC | arnoglosse H ef

sparsa AC | spansa H ef | spãsa B

super capitellum (-lluʒ A) ACH | super ipsã capitelũ B | super ipsam (ipsaʒ f) capitellũ ef

.i. croceum (-ceũ e; -ceuʒ f) ACH ef | ul' croceũ B

eleborus ABCH | eleborus f | elleborus e

odoratas om. H

hec apud AC | et (et om. e) hoc apud B e | h' apud H f

secũdũ stef. B | secundum stephanũ e | secunduʒ Step. (stephʒ f) A f | sed Step. C | secundum ste. H

et (& A) virtutes AC | etiam virturtes e| etiã (eciam f) uirtutes BH f

ei ascribit ACH ef | ascribit ei B

sunt eedem quas Avicenna ei scribit om. f

sũt (sunt e) eedem quas C e | sũt eedeʒ quas AH | sũt ea de quas B

ei scribit AC | ascribit BH e

in i. ca. AC | in prorpio capil'o B | in primo capl'o (ca. f) H ef

facit ca. AC | facit capl'a de eam ms. e | facit capitl'a de ea ms.f | facit de ea B | facit capitula de ea de hac H


Almea {"water plantain"}: it is Greek and in Dyascorides it is called almea or damasimon. It has leaves similar to arnoglossa {"plantain"}, but narrow and spread over the ground; the thin single stem is one cubit high, and over its head it brings forth a green or yellowish flower {see Commentary below}. It has tender roots like eleborus {"hellebore"}, that smell good and are sticky and greasy. It grows in watery places, etc. The Arabs call this plant 'shepherd's pipe' according to Stephanus in his Synonyma. And the medicinal virtues that Dyascorides ascribes to the plant are the same that Avicenna attributes to fistula pastoris in the first chapter on this plant, for he offers two chapters with this name. For more information see the entry Alcima with the text taken from Pliny.

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