Wild rhubarb plant, 18th century

Wild rhubarb plant, 18th century

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Credit: ROYAL INSTITUTION OF GREAT BRITAIN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Herbal medicine. Illustration of a plant of Rhaponticum thracicum. Originally thought of as belonging to the genus Rhaponticum, R. thracicum was later reclassified as a type of rhubarb. Rhubarb has been used as a medicinal plant for at least 2700 years in Chinese culture. This woodcut comes from Medicina Aegyptiorum by Prosper Alpini, published at Leiden in 1719.

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Keywords: 1700s, 1719, 18th century, aegtyptiorum, alpini, artwork, black, chinese, folk, herbal, illustration, medicina, medicine, monochrome, prospero, rhaponticum thracicum, rhubarb, traditional, white, wild, woodcut

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