Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 7v, Bog Myrtle (Myrica gale), is native to Western Europe. The finely-serrated, simple leaves are arranged in a spiral along the stem; the flowers are catkins, with male and female catkins on separate plants; the fruit is a small drupe. Prior to the 16th century, the leaves were used to flavor beer, later being replaced with hops. The foliage has been used as an insect repellent and, by tradition, it is part of Royal Wedding bouquets.

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