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VMS -- Botany (f51r) Henbane
Here is a copy of the Henbane plant drawing (artist?) referenced by
Dioscorides (fol. 37r) which I saw in a book at the Strybing Arboretum
and Botanical Garden bookstore in San Francisco that influenced and
finally clinched my decision to label the VMS herbal drawing in f51r as
"Ps.-Apuleius, Dioscorides, Herbals (extracts);
De virtutibus bestiarum in arte medicinae,
in Latin and English England, Bury St. Edmunds;
11th century, late"
Dioscorides at work in the field:
Dioscorides classified plants as "as aromatic, culinary, and medicinal".
I wonder how the plants
in the VMS were classified (perhaps toxic, culinary, and medicinal)?
Theophrastus and Dioscorides:
Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Garden Bookstore: