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Re: Dennis Stallings' 1997 idea of f55r and the (probably extinct) sylphium
plant (AKA silphion AKA silphium): numerous images of it still exist on
coins (testament to its economic power), some of which are now accessible
on the web:-
Dennis turned up this quote: "Silphium was a member of the genus *Ferula*,
commonly known as giant fennel, a large group of plants with deeply divided
leaves and yellow flowers."
BTW: has anyone here used the SEPASAL datafile at Kew (it's not too far
from where I live)? This posted message (below) suggested doing this to
root out possible modern matches for sylphium:-
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....