An history of the wonderful things of nature set forth in ten severall classes wherein are contained I. The wonders of the heavens, II. Of the elements, III. Of meteors, IV. Of minerals, V. Of plants, VI. Of birds, VII. Of four-footed beasts, VIII. Of insects, and things wanting blood, IX. Of fishes, X. Of man
Jonstonus, Joannes, 1603-1675., Libavius, Andreas, d. 1616., Rowland, John, M.D.

CHAP. X. Of Cachi, Cacavate, Cassia, our Ladies Thistle, and Corallina.

CAchi is a prickly Tree in Malabar, they call the fruit of it Cicca∣ra; It is like the Pine-nut; for within, the severall divisions are distinguished by Membranes, as in the Pomegranate. The Apples are like figs in shape, and sweetnesse, without any rind: there are 250, and somtimes 300 upon them; Scalig. exerc. 181, s. 12. Amongst these small fruits, there is another like a Chesnut, and cracks like it, when it is rosted. The fruit grows forth of the stock, as it doth on the Mulberry Fig-Tree, between the prickles and the leaves. Somtimes, which is the greater wonder, it comes forth of the root un∣der ground, and it brings forth but one Apple, but so great that it will load a strong Man, Maiol. col. de Plant. Cacavate is a Tree in the Pro∣vince of America Nicaragna, which so abhors the Sun, that it must be kept allwaies in the shade, and must be covered with the shadow of some higher Tree: In Woody places that are wet, if it come to the Sun, it perisheth. Libavius de orig. rerum. Cassia oft times is change∣ed into Cinnamon. Galen saw some boughs that were exceeding good and alltogether like it, and some twigs of Cinnamon like to Cassia: hence grew his opinion that for one part of Cinnamon, two parts of choise Cassia might be substituted in physicall compositions. Galen de Antid. l. 1. The twigs of it were cut in peices, and sowed up in green Oxe-hides, least the wood should grow unprofitable, by Worms that will breed in it. Plin. l. 12. c. 29. Of solutive Cassia men say, that he that shall daily swallow three drams of the pulp of it before dinner, shall never be troubled with the stone nor colick, Mathiol in Dioscor. l. 1. The flowers of the milky Thistle, which they Page  135 call Carduus Mariae. Platerus de vit. saith, they cured a Souldier of the Strangury, onely by looking upon them. Corallina is of so great force against Worms, that it drives them forth the same day it is ta∣ken. There was a Boy that took it, and voided 70 Worms. The Antients knew it hot, now they use it all over Greece, Lemn. occult l. 3. c. 9.