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Historical Section

Dixon, Jennifer [1].

The History and Beauty of Florilegia and Botanical Codices.

Though the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” wasn’t published until 1911 the truth of the statement seeps back through the ages. We see this reflected in the tradition of illustrating plants in visual codices which can be traced as far back as the Ancient Egyptians.
Plant identification is one of the most important skills humans have developed; a skill likely borne from the simple need to differentiate plants that could kill from those that would not. The texts that have survived the ages are beautiful and fascinating examples of art, science, and plant diversity while offering us a glimpse into the birth of botany.
In this talk I will briefly discuss the history of florilegia and botanical codices and discuss the valuable information they hold which is still useful to researchers today.

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1 - Iowa State University, Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, 26 Schilleter Village, Unit D, Ames, Iowa, 50010, USA

Botanical Art

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 54
Location: Salon 14/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM
Number: 54001
Abstract ID:196
Candidate for Awards:Emanuel D. Rudolph Award

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