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- n. silphium
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The plant has been variously identified as Thapsia garganica or silphion, and Narthex silphium.
As an example of the importance of preserving medicinal plants consider the case of silphion, a weed once used as a contraceptive.
_silphion_  and it extends along the coast from the island of Platea as far as the entrance of the Syrtis.