Johann Hieronymus Kniphof - Museum für medizinhistorische Bücher Muri
Johann Hieronymus Kniphof

JOHANN HIERONYMUS KNIPHOF

BOTANICA IN ORIGINALI, 2 VOLUMES, 1757-1764

The plant of the carrot family known today as khella (Ammi visnaga) is beautifully reproduced in this specimen with its finely branched, lance-shaped leaves and delicate umbel of flowers, and is elaborately coloured.

The name "toothpick plant" is explained by the use of the woody umbel stems as toothpicks.