Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo)

Mattioli’s Dioscorides illustrated by Cibo (Discorsi by Mattioli and Cibo) Butcher's-broom (Ruscus aculeatus), ff. 22v-23r  

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Butcher's-broom (Ruscus aculeatus), ff. 22v-23r  

The ruscus has leaves like those of the myrtle, but broader: the top is pointed and shaped like a spear. The fruit is produced in the middle of the leaves, rounded, red when they ripen, and as hard as bone inside. From the root little branches grow about a cubit high, flexible, like those of the vine, difficult to break; the root is like that of twitch grass, tart and somewhat bitter to the taste. [...]

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