Periwinkle (Vinca minor), illustration

Periwinkle (Vinca minor), illustration

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Caption: Lesser periwinkle. 16th century Italian illustration of a lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor), by Gherardo Cibo, 1568. A man hacks at the plant with an implement. Lesser periwinkle is used medicinally to treat haemorrhages. 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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