By Rod Preston-Mafham
This dictionary concentrates at the globular cacti, rather Mammillaria, yet comprises a few well known columnar cactus varieties similar to Echinocereus.
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Rare diseases are rare, and most discomforts and illnesses can be helped with herbs; even serious problems usually had a window of herbal use early on. Still, the ideal circumstance is to know (or be) a physician who will allow for the validity of herbal medicine, yet act as a screen for more serious problems. Lacking that, get to know your body and use common sense. Even though drug therapy and surgery may not always be the best approach, and even though medicine treats less serious illnesses poorly, the best diagnostician for the nuts-and-bolts problems we have with our bodies is the physician.
The leaves are mostly pinnate, with only the lowest leaflets likely to divide again. The flowers are white to light pink and form nearly round, flattened seeds, also with the three little lateral groves, and with a leaf, seed, and root scent similar to the previous species. The roots tend to be smaller and more carrotlike, and are less likely to form root masses; but they are just as strong a medicine. Another species, Angelica genuflexa, forms large mats, with odd dull green leaves that arch back from the lowest pair of leaflets to the tip; hence the common name Kneeling Angelica.
The fresh bulbs are far better than those you have dried and can be stored for months in a refrigerator. You can store them even longer if you layer them sideways, pack them with slightly moist sand or inert mulch, and then cover and put them in a dark place. ANGELICA STABILITY Two months in a refrigerator, six months or more when packed. Once you have stripped and sliced a bulb, and stored the remainder in the refrigerator, it will not last more than a week. If you go away and forget about it, it will eventually rot and produce an amazingly foul smell.
Cacti: The Illustrated Dictionary by Rod Preston-Mafham