Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Raphides, a Greek word meaning "needles," applied strictly, in botany, to the slender crystals of calcium oxalate, belonging to the Oblique system, which occur in bundles chiefly in the cells of Monocotyledons. The term is, however, often extended to any crystals occurring within the plant, those grouped in spherical clusters being distinguished as sphecraphides.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10