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Thursday, October 21, 2010

ÁCORO BASTARDO, ÁCORO PALUSTRE

YELLOW FLAG IRIS
Photo by:  BIKEPILOT

OCast açores, L. Iris pseudacorus, Eng. yellow or water flag, yellow flag iris. It is a swamp plant native to Eurasia and North Africa. It is found throughout Spain and the Balearic Islands. During the Middle Ages the roots were eaten as food. Today, the plant is considered poisoneous. The root is used as an astringent and at the same time to purge the body and force vomiting. The Ancients used it to clean the head of bad humors. Introduced into the nostrils, it provokes mucus. [Chirino/Herrera. 1973:209:31:238; and Font. Plantas. 1999:654:918-919]

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