Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 23v, Borage or star flower (Borago officinalis L.), is an annual herb that originated in Syria but has naturalized in the Mediterranean and North Africa. The plant is covered with stiff, white, prickly hairs. The simple leaves are alternate and the flowers are small, blue, or pink, with five, narrow, triangular-pointed petals. The young leaves are eaten in salads. Medically it is used for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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