collon-crōh

collon-crōh, m.n: a waterlily. (“kol-lon-croh”)

14/03/16: Thanks to everyone who shared medieval images of waterlilies yesterday: Robert J S Briggs, @mwnciodLēoht SterenAlicia Mossand @melibeus1!

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Pseudo-Apuleius Herbarium (late 11th century). Peristereon (Vervain) and Brionia (Black Bryony) on the left folio, Nimphea (Waterlily) and Chrision (Red Clover) on the right. From BibliOdyssey.

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Egerton MS 747, fol. 67 (c. 1300). Pepperwort and Waterlily. From The British Library.

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Tractatus de Herbis (1440)

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Compendium Salernitanum (1350/75)

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2 thoughts on “collon-crōh

  1. Try taking a look at images from illustrated medieval herbariums (herbaria?). A quick search turned up:

    http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.co.uk/2007/01/pseudo-apuleius-herbarium.html – The first folios from a late 11th-century ms includes a very stylised water lily, OE-era but not the most visually arresting image!

    http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/ILLUMINBig.ASP?size=big&IllID=10021 – Slightly more recognisable (but all pads and tiny flowers!) is this page from BL Egerton MS 747 of c.1300

    https://uk.pinterest.com/marcoponzi/herbals/ – Loads more super beautiful excerpts from illustrated herbals, including a couple of water-lilies

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