Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 24r, Cucumber (Cucumis sativus), originated in India but has been cultivated for at least 3,000 years in Western Asia and was probably introduced to other parts of Europe by the Romans. This creeping vine grows up trellises or other supporting frames, wrapping around ribbing with thin, spiraling tendrils. The plant has large leaves that form a canopy over the roughly cylindrical fruit. The Romans are reported to have used cucumbers to treat scorpion bites, bad eyesight, and to scare away mice.

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