Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo)

Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo) Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), ff. 19-20
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Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), ff. 19-20

The lady fern has fronds like the male fern; however, its fronds don’t sprout from a single petiole like the common fern, but from many taller, sarmentose ones. / It has many long twisting roots of a reddish-black color, even though some are entirely red. When taken in an electuary made with honey it expels long worms, and drinking three drachma mixed with wine expels round worms. Women who eat it become barren, while pregnant women who tread on it have a miscarriage. / It helps healing moist wounds when finely ground and placed on top. It also cures illnesses that affect the necks of yoked animals. / Its freshly sprouted fronds cooked can be eaten with other herbs to soften the bowel.

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