SMILAX IN THE VOYNICH MANUSCRIPT,
A NEW PERSPECTIVE
(This is the rough draft of the postings on the Voynich List, 11-2014)
I'm pretty excited about the Smilax Update
and its posted now at the gardens so everyone can check it out
The post at the list the other day was extensive and a lot to learn
and yet even more to learn.
But here is the garden SMILAX update
I want to thank you all for helping achieve this breakthrough
and it took a lot of trial and error to get here ! Whew ! 100 years !
When I was going over this and the many proposals for f96v just
were not resolving, each had significant problems and my mind
finally said ok enough, something is wrong here its not fitting Ouch !
So starting over from scratch, and every red berry on the planet
it finally dawned on me we were looking at virtually the same plant !!!
Two of the same? Well no Two Species of the same GENUS !
So oh dear there are a hundred Smilax everywhere,
So going down the list and seeing all the variations of evolution
its quite a world adventure ! And then I finally found one that looked
good, the pages were in some weird language Bulgarian or Turkish or?
Anyway, google translated them enough to get the idea that there was
another species not far away in Anatolia, Black Sea perimeter, Balkans &
Greece that was probably the one the Myth of Smilax came from
So Smilax excelsa came into focus but it took more to show the
berries and leaves so forth better. Its not as long cordate as the EU S. aspera
and more triangular almost hastate. This led me to propose Atriplex prostrata
because the leaves matched so well, but none of the rest did.
Its hard to do this justice fully, the intensity of this in a garden is tremendous
and freaks people out ! One day ya see it creeping over the fence the next day ..
Oh what have we here?
Ok, we'll just prune it up a little
http://molbiol.ru/forums/uploads/a002/b099/post-22374-1318091783.jpg WOW !
RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! NO NOT THAT WAY !!!
Maybe we can escape by boat ?
OMG those invasive African Water Lillies f2v Nymphoide ezanoii
have that escape route blocked too!
Its too late ! One turned into a Rose the other into
All The Best
On Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM, SD wrote:
f17v, Smilax aspera, Italian Smilax
f96v Smilax excelsa, Anatolian Smilax
f99r Smilax excelsa Extract New ID's
Previously, f17v ID'ed by Dana Scott as Buckwheat,
f96v as Smilax tracheia ? by Theo Petereson
unknown species name
f96v ID'ed by Theo Peterson as Atriplex bonus
also proposed by Dianne O'Donovan
and theo & me as Atriplex hastata/prostrata
f99r ID'ed by me as Atriplex prostata
Then it started to crumble, the plants looked too similar
Dr Sherwood thought the f96v was Black Bryony
but that didnt quite work either
White Bryony a diff Genus is known as Womandrake
but that has palmate 5 leaves etc so that was out.
If its not a Veggie or a Dangerous Drug Plant then what?
It all had crumbled in confusion. and sunk into quicksand.
I started over from scratch.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smilax The Smilax Genus
Smilax aspera Italian Sarsaparilla
More cordate pointed leaves, larger tuberous roots
with multiple stems ("vine bush")
f96v Smilax excelsa, Anatolian Sarsaparilla
Smilax excelsa Anatolia Asia Minor
f99r Smilax excelsa Root Extract
Note Unripe Green Berry Cluster
Typical Triangular Leaf
Tan Fibrous Tubers
Greenbriar Root Texas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smilax_china Smilax china Round leaves open berries
Special thanks to Dr. Sherwood for her great f17v Smilax ID
and Flora Italiana for making this species ID easy! aspera
So all this confusion seems to be resolved in a most special spectacular
WAY NO ONE WAS AWARE OF , Only Great Glimpses.
One Genus, Two Species, Three Folios, and a wider range of
Uses and Biochemistry and a most compelling story of the
Origin & Myth
Greenbriers get their scientific name from the Greek myth of Krokus and the nymph Smilax.
 Though this myth has numerous forms, it always centers around the unfulfilled and
tragic love of a mortal man who is turned into a flower, and a woodland nymph who is
transformed into a brambly vine.
(Compare the story of Barbara Allen and sweet William:
They buried Barbara in the old church yard /
They buried Sweet William beside her /
Out of his grave grew a red, red rose / And out of her's a briar.)
I love a happy ending !
All The Best
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