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The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 27v, Dianthus (Dianthus superbus), is a low-growing, perennial herb native to Europe and Northern Asia. The name comes from the Greek words dios meaning “god” and anthos, “flower”, and was cited by the Greek botanist Theophrastus. The plant has linear, opposite, grey-green leaves. The pale-pink, sweet-smelling flowers have five, frilly-fringed petals with a greenish base, and are produced in clusters at the top of the stems. The foliage can be eaten or boiled to make a drink.

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