Veitchia joannis H. Wendl. Palmae.
The kernel has a slightly astringent taste but is eaten
readily by the natives of Viti, especially the youngsters.
Eastern equatorial Africa.
This plant grows in the swamps of the Nile,
and its flowers are utilized as a spinach.
Veratrum viride Ait. Liliaceae. INDIAN POKE. WHITE
Josselyn probably referred to this plant when
mentioning a small, round-leafed tobacco as utilized by the New
Veronica anagallis Linn. Scrophulariaceae. WATER
The plant is considered to be antiscorbutic.
V. beccabunga Linn. BROOKLIME. WATER PIMPERNEL.
Lightfoot says of brooklime, "it is esteemed an antiscorbutic
and is eaten by some in the spring as a sallet, but it is more
bitter and not so agreeable to the palate as watercresses." Loudon says
it is used in Britain as a salad.
V. officinalis Linn. FLUELLEN. SPEEDWELL.
The leaves of this species were recommended by
Hoffman as a tea substitute, but Withering says it is more astringent
and less grateful than tea.