Lesser Centaury. ErythrAea Centaurium. Chironia Centaurium, &c. Nat. Ord. Gentianaceae. Linn. Syst. Pentandria Monogynia. Hab. The Heaths of England and Europe.

Med. Prop. and Action. The whole plant is bitter and tonic. It was formerly held in high esteem, but is now rarely employed. Its active principle, Centaurin, is stated to be a febrifuge, when combined with Hydrochloric Acid.

Dote of the powder, gr. xx. - gr. cxx.; of the Infusion (oz. ss., Aq. Oj.), fl. oz. j. - fl. oz. ij.

Therapeutic Uses. The same as Gentian, for which it is a cheap substitute. It is considered useful in Intermittents.