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Nigella, 16th century illustration

Nigella, 16th century illustration

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Nigella. Italian illustration of nigella (Nigella sp.), by Gherardo Cibo, 1568. Plants of this genus are commonly known as devil-in-a-bush or love-in-a-mist. 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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