Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 1v, Deadly Nightshade or Belladonna (Atropa belladonna), is an extremely toxic and hallucinogenic plant, native to Europe and North Africa. It is a low growing shrub with dull green leaves, purple bell-shaped flowers, and black berries. All parts of belladonna are toxic including its rough thick brown root. The plant contains the alkaloid atropine, a drug used by ophthalmologists to dilate the pupils of the eye. Note: this plant was identified by Petersen.

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