Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: Castor Oil Plant

The drawing on fol. 6v of the Voynich Manuscript was id by Ethel Voynich/Theodore Petersen as castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) and this proposal has been widely accepted so I will add it to my list.


  1. Ellie, your beautiful images have become so tiny that I can not distinguish the writings. What herbarium has the image at right, which is almost a copy of the VM?

  2. Hi Ruby, if you click on the image it becomes bigger. The drawing is from Platearius held in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg.
    All the best! Ellie