Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 43r, Chickweed (Stellaria media), is an annual plant native to Europe. It germinates in the fall or late winter, rapidly forming large mats of foliage. The smooth, pale-green leaves are egg-shaped and the single, small, white flowers sprout from the axils of the upper leaves. The petals are narrow and deeply cleft. The fresh leaves were used to make a poultice to treat inflammation and ulcers. The seeds are eaten by chickens, hence the name chickweed.

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