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Dioscorides De Materia Medica Byzantium 15th century
Dioscorides', De Materia Medica, Byzantium, 15th century.
Johnson Papyrus, fragment of an illustrated herbal. Wellcome L0015764
5th century AD, the oldest known surviving herbal illustration

A herbal is a collection of plant descriptions: Very often, it also lists the properties of each plant, or its use, for example for medicine or alchemy. A herebal can also classify the plants it describes. One of the oldest known herbals is the Vienna Dioscurides dating from the 6th century. Physicians and Apothecaries were the main users of such books. Herbals were also important for the study of botany. Hieronymus Bock descrived the plants of southwestern Germany, in his 16th century herbal; he was the first to mention certain morphological features.

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  • Herbarium or Herbar - a collection of plant specimens

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