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|“Lupine Close-up” is the name of this photograph and it was taken on a wall in the woods near our house. Using a canon 250 D close- up filter, I tried to capture the fine details of this colorful plant.|
Many of these beautiful plants are poisonous.
The history is probably of Egyptian or East Mediterranean origin, and has been cultivated since the days of the ancient Egyptians. It is now very extensively used in Italy and Sicily, for forage, for ploughing-in to enrich the land, and for its seeds.
Some remedies include:
Culpepper says they are governed by Mars in Ares:
'The seeds, somewhat bitter in taste, opening and cleansing, good to destroy worms. Outwardly they are used against deformities of the skin, scabby ulcers, scald heads, and other cutaneous distempers.'
This Lupin was cultivated by the Romans as an article of food. Pliny says:
'No kind of fodder is more wholesome and light of digestion than the White Lupine, when eaten dry. If taken commonly at meals, it will contribute a fresh colour and a cheerful countenance.'
Virgil, however, Dr. Fernie tells us (Herbal Simples, 1897), designated it 'tristis Lupinus,' the sad Lupine. Dr. Fernie further states:
'The seeds were used as pieces of money by Roman actors in their plays and comedies, whence came the saying "nummus lupinus" - a spurious bit of money.'
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