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in the islands, whose leaves are like rackets,
whence the tree bears the name. The blossoms
grow out about the leaves, and of them
comes a fruit somewhat resembling figs, but
the leaves and the fruit are full of prickles,
which must be carefully rubbed and taken
off before it is eaten, else they dangerously
inflame the mouth and the throat, and may
prove mortal, as happened to one of our
soldiers, who had eaten of them too greedily
and without that precaution.
I have seen some trees resembling the
palm, whose lofty and long branches spread
like that called the latanier, bearing a fruit
said to be indifferent good. Others of the
same sort, but whose leaves are like gutters,
harsh and so sharp-pointed that they
will pierce the thickest stuffs. This tree has
a sprout on the top which shoots out flowers
in the shape of a nosegay, of a whitish yellow,
and some of them at the top of that
sprout have sixty or eighty flowers hanging
down, not unlike the flower de luce, and
after those flowers follows a fruit as long
as a man's finger and thicker than the
thumb, full of little seeds, so that there is
scarce anything but the rind fit to eat, the
taste whereof is sweet and delicate.
There are abundance of creeping vines,
and others that run up the bodies and to the
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