A LITTLE sea plant frequent about our own coasts and of a somewhat stony texture, but not like the red or white coral. It grows to three inches high, and is very much branched, and young shoots arise also from different parts of the branches: there are no leaves on it, nor visible flowers, but the whole plant is composed of short joints. It is commonly of a greenish or reddish colour, but when it has been thrown a time upon the shores, it bleaches and becomes white; it naturally grows to shells and pebbles. The best is the freshest, not that which is bleached.
It is given to children as a remedy against worms; a scruple or half a dram for a dose.
The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.