Cinnamon plant, 16th century

Cinnamon plant, 16th century

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Caption: Cinnamon plant. 16th-century artwork of a cinnamon plant (Cassia monspelii) with its flowers and leaves. Monspelli is Latin for Montpellier, France. The bark of cinnamon is used as a spice, and in the 16th century it was extensively traded between Europe and South-East Asia. This woodcut is from 'Vita clarissimi philosophi et medici excellentissimi Conradi Gesneri' (1566) by the Swiss theologian Josias Simmler (1530-1576). This work was a biography of the Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner (1516-1565).

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