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Castor oil plant. Also seen is a Grass of Parnasus (at left, Parnassia sp., labelled with its original name Gramen pernassi), which is used as an astringent and tonic. At right is a bell flower (Campanula sp.). This artwork is taken from Basilius Besler's Hortus Eystettensis (1613), which illustrated over 1000 flowers and attempted an early pre-Linnaeus taxonomy, making it the largest and most comprehensive work of its time.
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