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Botanical: Ononis arvensis
---Synonyms---Wild Liquorice. Cammock. Stinking Tommy. Ground Furze. Land Whin.
Family: N.O. Leguminosae
---Part Used---Whole herb.
---Description---A troublesome weed, with a root that affords a sweet, viscid juice. Common in arable land. Its long, thicklymatted root will arrest the progress of the harrow, hence its name.
It is a favourite food of the donkey, from which the generic name is derived, onos being the Greek word for an ass.
A tradition exists that this was the plant from which the crown of thorns was plaited for the Crucifixion.
The plant is obnoxious to snakes.
---Medicinal Action and Uses---The young shoots were much used at one time as a vegetable, being boiled, eaten in salad or pickled.
In medicine it was used for stone in the bladder and to subdue delirium.
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