Felty germander (Teucrium polium)

Felty germander (Teucrium polium)

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Caption: Felty germander. 16th century Italian illustration of felty germander (Teucrium polium), by Gherardo Cibo, 1568. Felty germander has been used traditionally to treat stomach ailments. 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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