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Re: Could f17r be fennel?

Hi Nick,

   Yes, I understand that there can be an argument for similarities; however, I
personally would not choose Fennel at this point. A cousin perhaps, but not
Foeniculum vulgare. If it were later determined that this plant was indeed Fennel,
then I would have to say that the scribe of the VMS probably had something else in
mind than a botanically accurate description of Fennel, in which case the task of
identifying the plants in the VMS becomes considerably more difficult. For example,
I have been thinking for quite some time now that the plant in f6v represents
Burdock; however, the leaves all not an accurate representation of Burdock leaves
which then forces one to try and come come up with an explanation of why this might
be so. Stars and planets come to mind and the numbers seem to make a lot of sense
(5 stars and 7 planets for a total of 12, a reference to the Zodiac perhaps?). But
then why is one of the burrs seeming misplaced among the star leaves? More on this
later. When you turn the root system sideways to get a facial view of the eyes in
f17r, the eyes appear to be feminine to me with eyelashes over the right eye, and
there may even be a hint of lips lower down between the eyes in this view. I am
reminded of medussa and also of a sea creature (something like a cartoon figure
that might appear in a Disney movie).


Dana Scott

Nick Pelling wrote:

> Hi Dana,
> >    I will make every effort to identify the plant in f17r; however, even
> > with a
> >real stretch of the imagination I find it very difficult to identify this
> >plant
> >as Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). I'll keep my eyes open and see what I can come
> >up with :)
> >
> >http://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/b-online/thome/band3/tafel_048_small.jpg
> >http://www.sdnhm.org/valentien/images/fennel.jpg
> >http://www.vitaminevi.com/Herb/Fennel.htm
> Well... my untrained eye can certainly see similarities, especially in the
> first page - fennel would appear to have spiky green branch endings (or are
> those actually pointy leaves?) lower down the plant, and clusters of
> sticky-uppy seedpods at the top (I never was any good at botany, sorry).
> All the same, the CopyFlo can be *so* frustrating sometimes. :-(
> Perhaps the roots might be a good place to look next?
> Thanks, .....Nick Pelling.....
> PS: seeing fennel's "oestrogen-like" effect mentioned on the third page
> lifted my confidence. :-)