Peony (Paeonia mascula), illustration

Peony (Paeonia mascula), illustration

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Caption: Wild peony (Paeonia mascula). 16th Century Italian illustration by Gherardo Cibo of a wild peony plant in flower and with an open seed pod, with a village in the background. This plate is taken from “Discorsi” on Dioscorides' “De Materia Medica” by Pietro Andrea Mattioli, a work of herbal medicine first published in Italy in 1554. Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501-1577) was an Italian doctor and naturalist who wrote commentaries on "De Materia Medica", an encyclopaedia of herbal medicine by the first century Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides.

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