Oxlip (Primula elatior), illustration

Oxlip (Primula elatior), illustration

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Caption: Oxlip. 16th century Italian illustration of an oxlip (Primula elatior), by Gherardo Cibo, 1568. Oxlip has been used traditionally to treat conditions involving spasms, cramps, paralysis and rheumatic pains. 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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