Dracaena draco Linn. Liliaceae (Agavaceae). DRAGON-TREE.
The dragon tree furnished dragons-blood once
considerably exported from the Canaries. At Porto Santo, one of the
Madeira Islands, Cada Mosto in 1454 found the tree yielding "a kind of
fruit, like to our cherries but yellow, which grows ripe in March and is
of a most exquisite taste."
Dracontium polyphyllum Linn. Aroideae (Araceae).
The roots serve as food to the natives of the Pacific
Dracontomelon sylvestre Blume. Anacardiaceae.
This species is planted at Rewa, Fiji Islands. Pickering, in Races
of Man, mentions the fruit under the name canarium and says it is sour
Dregea volubilis Benth. Asclepiadaceae.
"I have been informed," says Ainslie, "that the leaves are
amongst those which are occasionally eaten as greens by the natives of
lower India but I am doubtful of this, considering the general character
of the genus."
Drimys aromatica F. Muell. Magnoliaceae (Winteraceae). PEPPER
The ripe fruit is black, Hooker says, and the whole plant is
highly aromatic and pungent, hence its seeds and berries are
sometimes used as pepper.
D. winteri Forst. NEW GRANADA WINTER-BARK.
The bark of the variety montana is used in Brazil as a
Drosera rotundifolia Linn. Droseraceae. LUSTWORT. SUNDEW.
The round-leaved sundew is said by Figuer to be
acrid and caustic, and in Italy a liquor called rossoli is distilled from its
juices. It curdles milk.
Dryas octopetala Linn. Rosaceae. MOUNTAIN AVENS.
Northern temperate and arctic regions.
In Iceland, the leaves of this
plant are used as a substitute for tea.