Aquatic plants, 16th century artwork

Aquatic plants, 16th century artwork

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Caption: Aquatic plants, 16th century artwork. These plants include 'tribulum delineatum' (spiny plant, possibly tribulus terrestris), 'palustrem nymphaem' (marshy plant) and 'marinum muscum' (sea moss). Artwork from the book Phytognomonica (Naples, 1588) by the Italian scholar and polymath Giambattista della Porta (circa 1535-1615). The book is about della Porta's theory of the doctrine of signatures, where plants bore a physical resemblance either to a celestial body, or to the body part which they were able to cure.

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