Snapdragon Plant with Seed Pods (Antirrhinum majus L)

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The Historia Naturalis aimed to give a reliable scientific image for each subject, but at first sight this strangelooking plant seems rather fantastical. However, the skull-like white ‘flowers’ are the dried seed pods of the snapdragon. The draughtsman copied the image from a print from the Cruydt-Boeck (1554), an album with plant illustrations made by botanist Rembert Dodoens (1517–1585). Origin: Delft. Date: 1596 – 1610. Object ID: RP-T-BR-2017-1-11-15.

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