Mitridatia

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Mitridatia Pli. mitridati cratenas (sic) ascripsit quam mitridatiam vocant, huic folia duo a radice acanto similia caulis inter utraque sustinens roseum florem alteram levius (sic) scorditi sive scordion ipsius manu ascriptam magnitudine cubitali quadrangulo ramosam querne similitudinem foliis lanuginosis reperitur in ponto campis pinguibus humidisque gustus amari, est et alterius generis latioribus foliis mentastro similis plurimos que utraque ad usus per se et inter alia antido. et cetera.


Translation:

Mitridatia: According to Pliny, Cratevas ascribed [a plant] to Mithradates which they call Mitridatia. It has two leaves, similar to to those of the acanthus, [springing] from the root, with a stem between them that carried a pink flower. Another [plant], scorditis or scordion, was ascribed by Lenaeus, described in his own hand: it is one cubit in height; it is branchy(1); its downy leaves are similar to those of the oak; it is found in Pontus on rich, damp plains; and it is bitter in taste. There is another kind of it, with broader leaves, similar to wild mint. Both kinds are useful on their own or with other ingredients in antidotes. Etc.


Commentary:

See Pliny, H.N. 25.62-63, for the names Cratevas and Leneaus.

  1. Pliny has: magnitudine cubitali, quadriangulo caule, ramosa: it is one cubit in height; its stem is quadrangular; it is branchy.
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