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B651 H557n / 2-SIZE
De Apoyomatli, seu Phatzisiranda Cypero Americano.
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illustration; p. 33
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A tall, grass-like plant with its roots or tubers.
Hernández, Francisco, 1517-1587
Nova plantarum, animalium et mineralium mexicanorum historia ...
Source place of publication:
Sumptibus Blasij Deuersini, & Zanobij Masotti Bibliopolarum. Typis Vitalis Mascardi
Scientific name: Cyperus articulatus, also known as jointed flatsedge. The plant was included in Diderot's Encyclopedie. One of its uses was as an aphrodisiac. It has a hollow stem.Hernández was an expert on medicinal botany who became personal physician to King Philip II of Spain. In 1571 he left for Mexico and the Philippines where he collected specimens for seven years. Three indigenous artists accompanied him.
Jan G. R. Elferink, "Aphrodisiac Use in Pre-Columbian Aztec and Inca Cultures," Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 9, No. 1-2, January/April, 2000, p. 28.
Acquired in 1971.
Owner and copyright:
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
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