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THE COMMON WILLOW TREE. The common williow tree (Salix alba), whose bark and leaves

THE COMMON WILLOW TREE. The common williow tree (Salix alba), whose bark and leaves


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THE COMMON WILLOW TREE. The common williow tree (Salix alba), whose bark and leaves

THE COMMON WILLOW TREE.
The common williow tree (Salix alba), whose bark and leaves are the source of salicin. Woodcut, 1597, from John Gerards Herball or General Historie of Plantes

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1597 Biology Botany Gerard Herb Leaf Willow Salix Alba


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This print showcases the beauty and significance of the common willow tree (Salix alba). The intricate woodcut, dating back to 1597, is taken from John Gerard's renowned book "Herball or General Historie of Plantes". A true gem from the Renaissance era, this illustration highlights the detailed features of the willow tree's bark and leaves. The common willow tree holds great importance in biology and botany due to its remarkable properties. Its bark and leaves serve as a source of salicin, a compound known for its medicinal qualities. This natural substance has been used for centuries as an effective pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent. John Gerard's woodcut perfectly captures the essence of this magnificent species. Every delicate leaf is meticulously depicted, showcasing nature's artistry at its finest. The image transports us back in time to appreciate both the scientific knowledge and artistic talent that flourished during the Renaissance period. This print serves as a testament to our fascination with botanical wonders throughout history. It reminds us of humanity's continuous exploration into nature's secrets while appreciating their aesthetic allure. Whether you are a lover of biology, history, or simply captivated by beautiful illustrations, this piece offers a glimpse into an enchanting world where science meets art.

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