¶Of Diptanno. chap. 49.
DIptannus is a medicinable hearbe, & the roote thereof accordeth most to medicines. And the substaunce thereof shall be whole and not pearsed, and fal∣leth not to pouder when it is broke, and hath vertue to dissolue and temper, to drawe and wast venime, and venemous biting, if it be dronk & laid to the wound, as Dioscorides saith and Platea also.
And it is sayd, that it hath the vertue of •riacle in many things, with few things put thereto, & exciteth menstruall bloud, and bringeth out the Secundine, the bag that ye childe is in, in ye mothers womb, and bringeth out a dead childe of ye mo∣thers womb, and helpeth them that haue the falling euill & the palsie, with iuyce of rewe, as he saith.
In Pli. li. 26. ca. 8 it is said, that a Hinde taught first the vertue of Diptannus, for she eateth this hearb, that she may calue easelyer and sooner: if she be hurte with an arrow, she seeketh this hearbe, and ca∣teth it, which putteth the yron out of the wound, as Basilius saith in Exameron, and Ambrosius and the Expositor super ca. where he speaketh of Hinde calues. Isidore saith, that this hearb groweth in manye places, but that that groweth in fat fields, is little worth, and that that groweth in drie places & stonie is best, and a little thereof tasted, heateth the mouth, as he saith. And libr. 17. Isidore saith in this manner, Diptannus is a mount in Creta now called Candie, and thereof this hearbe Diptannus hath the name. Virgil sayth, that a Hinde woun∣ded, goeth about in the landes and see∣keth this hearbe Diptannus. This hearb is of so great vertue, that it driueth and putteth yron out of the bedre: therefore beasts smitten with arrowes, eate there∣of, and driue the yron out of the body, for this hearbe hath a maner might of war, to driue out arrowes, and darts, and qua∣rells, as Isidore sayth.
(*Dictani of Candie, wherof are thrée sorts: the right Dictani is hot & drye like Heneroyall, but it is of subtiller partes, the other not so good.)