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wild ginger

[Car. idem (Costus spicatus) DJE] n. a plant: 1889 Wild ginger. . .Costus sp? (Gardner 353). Purple orchid tubers (Bletia purpurea) wild made into tea are good for fish poisoning; in Andros they are used for cuts, and called wild ginger (ibid 355). 1910 Acrostichum aureum. . . "wild ginger" (Northrop 133). (Adelaide)

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Last update: 2010-11-24 03:10
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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