Licanis stiphanica folia habet longa, angusta, lanuginosa, subalbida, caulem cum ramis lanuginosis, in summo capite cauliculos e quibus flos violaceus prominet et cetera, liber antiquus istoriatus.
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Licanis stiphanica has long, narrow, hairy, whitish leaves, a stalk with hairy branches, and smaller stalks on the top, from which a violet flower emerges and so on, old illustrated book.
This chapter is dedicated to the rose campion (Lychnis coronaria).
It is a quotation from the anonymous treatise on herbal plants called "De herbis femininis" : 67, ed. Kästner (1896: 635): Lichnis stephanomatica.
Simon calls it liber antiquus istoriatus ("the antique illustrated book"): in fact, the manuscripts of this treatise are illustrated with figures of plants.
The Latin name of the plant comes from the Greek λυχνὶς στεφανωματική /lykhnís stephanōmatiké/.
--Marie Cronier 14:29, 29 March 2012 (BST)