The flowers of this plant grow in small cylindrical spikes, made up of kidney-shaped capsules enclosing a powder known as lyxopodium or commonly called Vegetable Sulphur or Vegetable Brimstone. This powder is fine, very light, odorless, pale yellow in color and highly inflammable. Water takes a long time to wet it. It contains sugar, a waxy substance soluble in ether and a substance insoluble in water, alcohol or ether which amounts to roughly ninetenths of its weight; it is said to be a particular nitrogenous principle, yellow, combustible and liable to putrifaction.
Club moss can be used to help support various purposes: it has been administered as a decoction, as an antirheumatic, iduretic, anti-epileptic and anti-diarrhetic, but it is can be used as a local dessicative to help avoid chapping in children's skin and to dust the bed of patients who develop sores from the prolonged rubbing of sheets. This very mobile powder has the property of greatly diminishing friction between bodies, and so, it is used to dust capsules, thus avoiding them from sticking together.
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