Magnified plant material, 1787.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Magnified plant material, 1787.

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'Piece of an herb growing on dung-hills, called fat-hen' (Fig 2). Fat hen is a species of orache, a plant sometimes grown as a substitute for spinach. 'Section of a reed from Portugal', (Fig 3). Illustration from 'Essays on the microscope' by George Adams (1750-1795), published in London in 1787. Adams was instrument maker to King George III.

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