Tag: history of science
Marian Hedwig Mülberger’s Spring Flowers
A Trace of Chamomile: Marian Hedwig Mülberger’s Spring Flowers Tucked under feathery chamomile leaves are the geometric initials MHM. Nothing else identifies the artist of the spring flower guide, Frühlingsblumen. Each page of the accordion-pleated booklet displays four or five plants arranged like specimens in […]
What’s in a Name, a Plant Name?
The cobra lily got its name from the hood-like shape of its specialized leaf: a pitcher filled with a secretion that digests insects lured by the sweet liquid to enter and slip down the pitcher into the fatal brew. This plant isn’t a lily at […]