Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Cleavers (Galium aparine)

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Caption: Cleavers. 16th century Italian illustration of Cleavers (Galium aparine), by Gherardo Cibo, 1568. Cleavers was used traditionally to make poultices for skin ailments, wounds and burns. 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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