50 Plants Precious to Man

These four pages are from a 1930’s encyclopedia. From a botany standpoint, they’ve got the basics covered; fruit, flowers, leaves, seeds, and roots. They are quite scientific! But what I really like about them, is how artfully they are arranged, how they fill the space of the page. Aren’t they pretty?

449_botanicalThis page shows familiar spice plants: ginger, clove, caper, arrowroot, black pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, logwood, corn, cinnamon, allspice, or pimento, madder, and millet.

449_botanical_djpgHere you have important medicines: senna, jalap, castor oil, peruvian bark, opium poppy, nux vomica, turkey rhubarb, aloe, ipecauanha, sasparilla, squill, and gamboge.

449_botanical_cThis page shows coffee, tea, date-palm, banana, cacao, jack fruit, breadfruit, pistachio, pandanus, guava, litchi, brazil nut, and mango.

449_botanical_bAnd lastly, gum arabic, sumac, benzoin, tragacanth, caoutchouc, jute, cotton, flax, gutta-percha, hemp, manioc, or cassave, sweet potato, and yam. I sell many unique botanical prints in my Etsy shop, available as digital downloads for you to print.

About redbudart

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just outside of Portland, Oregon. My passions are cuisine, wine, horticulture, art, and my two grown children who couldn't be farther away, and couldn't be any more wonderful than they are. I moved here in 2014, work a day job in finance, and spend the rest of my time working on my dream of living off the land, and teaching young people how to as well. Stop by my Etsy shops, where all proceeds are going towards the goal. Thank you and Namaste!
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