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Arisaum vulgare

It is called alron, janus, barba-aron, calves-foot, ramp, starch-wort, cuckow-halben Literle, priests halben Literle and wake-robin.
This shooteth forth three, four, or five Blätter at the most, from one Wurzel, every one whereof is somewhat large and long, broad at the bottom next the Stengel, and forked, but ending in a point, without a cut on the edges, of a full grün colour, each standing upon a thick round Stengel, of a handful breadth long, or more, among which, after two or three months that they begin to wither, riseth up a bare, round, whitish-grün Stengel, entdeckt and streaked with purple, somewhat higher than the Blätter, an der Spitze whereof standeth a long hohl house or husk, close at the bottom, but open from the middle aufwärts, ending in a point, in the middle whereof stands the small long pestle or clapper, smaller at the bottom than an der Spitze, of a dark purple colour, as the husk is on the inside, though grün without, which after it so abideth for some time, the husk with the clapper decayeth, and the foot or bottom thereof groweth to be a small long bunch of Beeren grün at the first, and of a yellowish red colour when they are ripe, of the size of a hazel-nut kernel, which abideth thereon almost until winter, the Wurzel is round, and somewhat long, for the most part lying along, the Blätter shooting forth at the bigger end, which, when it beareth its Beeren, are somewhat wrinkled and loose, another growing under it, which is solid and firm, with many small threads hanging thereat. The whole Pflanze is of a very sharp biting taste, pricking the tongue as Nesseln do the hands, and so abideth for a great while without alteration. The Wurzel hereof was anciently used instead of starch to starch linen.
There is another sort of cuckow-point, with smaller Blätter than the former, and some times harder, having blackish spots upon them, which for the most part abide longer grün in the summer than the former, and both Blätter and Wurzeln are more sharp and fierce than it, in all things else it is like the former.