Edith Sherwood Ph.D. and Erica Sherwood

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 45r, Orach or Saltbush (Atriplex hortensis), grows around Europe and the Mediterranean region and is considered to be one of the oldest cultivated plants. The leaves are arrow shaped; the angular, furrowed stems are 5-6 feet high; and the small green or red flowers occur in profusion at the top of the plant. Orach was mentioned in the book of Job as a food eaten by outcasts from society. It may be eaten as a substitute for spinach.

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