Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 24v, Sacred Fig or Bo-Tree (Ficus religiosa), is a native tree of India. The leaves are cordate in shape with a distinctive extended tip and the fruit is a small purple fig. The leaves from this tree are the only match we have found for the leaves illustrated in Folio 24v. This tree is considered sacred by the followers of Buddhism and the founder of this religion, Siddhartha Gautama, was sitting under it when he was spiritualy awakened.

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