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Mandrake root. The mandrake is a native European perennial, once widely used for its medicinal and narcotic properties. Its main taproot was thought to look like a human figure, with divisions in the root resembling limbs. According to folklore the plant emitted a piercing shriek when uprooted - killing anyone who heard it. This illustration first appeared in a book in 1776.
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