Have I shared this with you? I just found it in my files. After spending time imagining being there, (and enjoying the visit) I noticed the screen door!
Are there a second set of stairs, or are the ferns arranged for the photo?
|The Endeavour botanical illustrations|
|Moninckx atlas, -1682-1709|
|Moninckx atlas, -1682-1709|
|Sample of thumbnails from image search for quingombo.|
Cultivariable sells this, too! I do not have any connection to them, I just think it is a very cool niche business.
Also, great photos of olluco here in a Flickr account.
"The Indians use an other kinde of roote, which they call Papas ; these rootes are like to grownd nuttes, they are small rootes, which cast out many leaves. They gather this Papas, and dry it well in the Sunne, then beating it they make that which they call Chuno, which keepes many daies, and serves for bread. In this realme there is great trafficke of Chuno, the which they carry to the mines of Potozi ; they likewise eat of these Papas boyled or roasted. There is one sweete of these kindes, which grows in hot places, whereof they do make certaine sawces and minced meats, which they call Locro."As the olluco is said by Heuze to be only eaten raw, outside of Mexico, we may believe that Acosta refers in this extract to this plant, the potato and the sweet potato.
|1886 - Vick's Floral Guide|
|Geant de Rocca - 1889 - The Garden|
Spach, E., Histoire naturelle des végétaux,
(1834-1847) [J. Decaisne]
Transactions of the royal horticultural society of London, (1848)
|The botanical cabinet|
"Although largely unknown today, Elizabeth Blackwell made a significant contribution to medical knowledge and to the art of botanical illustration. Her multi-volume work, 'A curious herbal', published in the 1730s, was an invaluable resource for doctors and apothecaries in the 18th century and beyond.
'A curious herbal' is one of the earliest botanical books to have been compiled by a woman."
from the National Library of Scotland
Blackwell, E., Herbarium Blackwellianum, vol. 5: t. 443 (1765)
|All these snippets from - Plantarum historiae universalis Oxoniensis seu herbarum distributio nova, per tabulas cognationis et affinitatis ex libro Naturae observata et detecata, Volume 3 - Theatrum Sheldonianum, 1699|
Had to check this out - ĕlăphŏboscon, i, n., = ἐλαφοβόσκον (deer-food, stag's food), I. wild parsnips, Plin. 22, 22, 37, § 79.
Pliny says -
CHAP. 37.—THE ELAPHOBOSCON: NINE REMEDIES.
The elaphoboscon is a ferulaceous plant, articulated, and about a finger in thickness. The seed of it is like that of dill, hanging in umbels resembling those of hart-wort in appearance, but not bitter.
The leaves are very like those of olusatrum. This plant, too, is highly spoken of as an article of food; in addition to which, it is preserved and kept as a diuretic and for the purpose of assuaging pains in the sides, curing ruptures and convulsions, and dispelling flatulency and colic.
It is used, too, for the cure of wounds inflicted by serpents and all kinds of animals that sting; so much so, indeed, that, as the story goes, stags, by eating of it, fortify themselves against the attacks of serpents.
The root, too, applied topically, with the addition of nitre, is a cure for fistula, but, when wanted for this purpose, it must be dried first, so as to retain none of the juice; though, on the other hand, this juice does not at all impair its efficacy as an antidote to the poison of serpents.
The above is from this fascinating site with an interesting interface.
Zorn, J., Oskamp, D.L., Afbeeldingen der artseny-gewassen met derzelver Nederduitsche en Latynsche beschryvingen -1800
The cook's complete guide, on the principles of frugality, comfort, and elegance
Sharp, Helen, Water-color sketches of American plants, especially New England, (1888-1910)