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VMs: f90v1 - "Lion root"...?

Hi everyone,

While thinking about the "Lion Root" herbal pic in the VMS, I did a quick web-search, and found (amidst all the inevitable garbage) this:-


Lion's Root:

	A root decoction has been used traditionally for dysentery.
	The milky juice of this plantis taken internally, and the leaves
	are steep[ed] in water and applied as a poultice for snake-bite.

It was also findable via the VCR LTER biodiversity database at Virginia:-


Search Common Names for: Lion%

	Genus: Prenanthes
	Species: serpentaria
	Authority: Pursh
	Common Name: Lion's root
	Organism Type: Seed Plants
	Order: Asterales
	Family: Asteraceae

Search Google for: prenanthes serpentaria

Also known as cankerweed, rattlesnake root, gall-of-the-earth

	Gall of the earth (Bot.), an herbaceous composite plant with
	variously lobed and cleft leaves, usually the Prenanthes serpentaria.

Here's a picture:-

These flowers do have a certain resemblance to the curious flowers on f90v1?

	Definition: common perennial herb widely distributed in
	the southern and eastern United States having drooping
	clusters of pinkish flowers and thick basal leaves
	suggesting a lion's foot in shape; sometimes placed
	in genus Prenanthes
	Synonyms: gall of the earth, Nabalus serpentarius, Prenanthes serpentaria
	Type of: herb
	Part of: Nabalus

Hmmm... it's probably a plant native to the US, but I thought I'd share that with you all. :-)

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....