Edith Sherwood Ph.D.

The Voynich Botanical Plants

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Folio 56r. Round leaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) is a carnivorous plant, native to all continents. These plants capture and digest insects using stalked mucilaginous glands that cover their leaf surface. Their leaves are arranged in a rosette, generally flat on the ground. The white flower spike (outlined in blue) is well above the leaves so bees are not trapped. Sundews were used as medicinal herbs as early as the 12th century, when an Italian doctor, Matthaeus Platearius, described the plant as an herbal remedy for coughs under the name "herba sole" This folio was identified by Denis Barthel. (1) (C)

(1) Wikipedia
(C) Plants drawn from nature
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