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Snakeroot

Known as snakeroot (Dracunculus vulgaris), from the common belief that snakes find shelter under its foliage, the D.vulgaris lives in thick colonies in the shadow of shrubby formations (normally lentisk or tamarisk) in dry, sandy areas, where it finds the ideal conditions to grow: sheltered from the wind, which would cause too much transpiration, fertile, humid soil. In late spring, the top of the trunk sprouts an inflorescence, with a fimbriated modified leaf which is crimson inside and a dark fleshy stem, measuring up to 60 centimetres long.

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