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Olea sp. olive

Plate 75 from Botanicum Medicinale (1759) by Timothy Sheldrake. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

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Asterid Edible Eudicot Herbal Jasmineae Lamiales Medicinal Olea Oleaceae Olive Sheldrake T Sheldrake Angiospermae Dicot Dicotyledon Magnoliophyta


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Plate 75 from Botanicum Medicinale (1759) presents an exquisite illustration of the Olea europaea L. or common olive, a beloved and historically significant plant in the Oliveaceae family. This magnificent drawing by Timothy Sheldrake, held in the esteemed Botany Library at the Natural History Museum in London, showcases the olive tree's distinctive features with remarkable detail. The olive tree is an evergreen angiosperm, belonging to the order Lamiales, and is a crucial member of the asterid clade within the eudicot group. Its simple, alternate leaves, as depicted in the illustration, are small, oblong, and have a subtle serrated edge, with a prominent midrib. The olive tree is a flowering plant, producing attractive, white, urn-shaped flowers in the inflorescence. The olive tree is renowned for its edible fruit, which is a significant source of healthy monounsaturated fats, particularly oleic acid. The fruit has been a staple in the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years due to its rich taste and numerous health benefits. Beyond its culinary uses, the olive tree has a long history of medicinal applications. The leaves, bark, and fruit have been used to treat various ailments, including gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, and inflammation. The olive tree's versatility and significance extend far beyond this illustration, making it a fascinating subject for study and appreciation. Timothy Sheldrake's meticulous drawing in Botanicum Medicinale offers a captivating glimpse into the natural world of the olive tree, preserving its beauty and importance for future generations to explore and learn from.

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