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Wild purslane, Portulaca oleracea, and orpin

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Wild purslane, Portulaca oleracea, and orpin

Wild purslane, Portulaca oleracea, and orpin or livelong, Hylotelephium telephium. Handcoloured woodblock engraving of a botanical illustration from Adam Lonicers Krauterbuch, or Herbal, Frankfurt, 1557. This from a 17th century pirate edition or atlas of illustrations only, with captions in Latin, Greek, French, Italian, German, and in English manuscript

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Adam Captions Crassula Edition Herb Herbal Krauterbuch Latin Lonicer Major Oleracea Pirate Purslane Wild Woodblock Woodcut Faba Orpin Portulaca


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This hand-colored woodblock engraving showcases two intriguing medicinal plants of the 16th century: Wild Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) and Orpin, also known as Livelong or Red-stemmed Crassula (Hylotelephium telephium). The illustration is taken from Adam Lonicer's renowned botanical compendium, Krauterbuch, or Herbal, published in Frankfurt in 1557. This particular print is from a 17th-century pirate edition, featuring captions in various languages, including Latin, Greek, French, Italian, German, and English manuscript. Wild Purslane, depicted on the left, is a succulent plant with fleshy leaves and stems, often found in sandy or gravelly soils. It has gained popularity as a nutritious edible plant and a valuable medicinal herb, used since ancient times for its cooling, demulcent, and diuretic properties. The plant's leaves are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and minerals, making it an essential component of traditional medicine for treating various ailments, such as wounds, burns, and skin conditions. Orpin, on the right, is characterized by its red stems and succulent leaves, which can be found in rocky or sandy areas. It was traditionally used as a remedy for various digestive issues, including stomach pain, heartburn, and diarrhea. The plant's leaves were also used externally to treat wounds and skin conditions. This exquisite botanical illustration not only serves as a testament to the rich botanical knowledge of the past but also highlights the importance of these plants in both medicinal and culinary applications. The intricate details and vibrant colors of the engraving bring the plants to life, making it a fascinating addition to any collection of historical botanical art.

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