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The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 16r, Cannabis, is indigenous to Central Asia around the Caspian Sea. It was introduced into Western Asia and Africa, and subsequently, Europe in 2,000–1,000 BC. Cultivation in Europe became widespread in about 500 AD. Cannabis is one of the worlds oldest crops and provides a number of useful products: fiber from the stems, therapeutic agents and narcotics from the flowers and leaves, and oil from the seeds (Prota Database). It is best known as the illegal drug marijuana.

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