Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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folio 13r

Folio 13r, Banana, is indigenous to Southeast Asia. The main banana stem is known as a pseudo-stem and dies after it produces a stick of bananas and is replaced by another pseudo-stem. Folio 13r indicates that this plant had a number of pseudo-stems. Arab traders introduced bananas into West Africa and, in the early 15th century, Portuguese sailors, while exploring the African coastline, discovered the tropical fruit and started banana plantations in the Canary lslands (http://www.banana.com/).

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