(Botrychium lunaria) Moonwort, so called because of the crescent shape of its leaflets, so it has always been associated with moonlight and magic. It was believed to wax and wane like the moon, and to shine at night (Coats. 1975). Like other "moon" plants, it was supposed to have the power of repelling snakes, and of opening locks (R T Gunther. 1905). Any horse that trod on one would cast a shoe, and burglars would make an incision in the palm of their hand and put a piece of moonwort under it, for this would give them a hand that would open bolts and bars at a touch (Coats. 1975).

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