Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Voynich Manuscript: Fishtail Palm

The Fishtail Palm or Wine Palm (Caryota urens) may be the plant represented on fol. 35r. Based on the 'fishtail' root of the plant of the drawing, the jagged leaves and the overall shape of a cup (wine cup?). The fishtail palm is source for high quality jaggery (traditional uncentrifuged brown sugar). It is also used to produce palm wine and palm beer.

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  1. Oh dear! Several months ago, I identified this plant as a Crocus, especially the saffron crocus. Line 7 of the first set next to the flower, translates to croceusaum ellecos ceotleus .. which translates to crocus saffron yellow golden.

    Last word of line 1 near stem translates to "Speciam ecea aes am"-
    Crocus specie .

    A distiguishing feature of the crocus plant is the flattened bases of what appear to be bulbs. Actually the flattened features identify them as crocus "corms" rather than bulbs.

    I have not been able to find any reference to crocuses in "Busbecq's Letters" -- but does mention tulips, narcissi, and hyacinths. While I was referencing the saffron crocus (in my other, earlier post, I discovered the legend/myth of Crocus and Smilax). There is some more digging for you. Heh!