Camelina: a favourite among geese, sheep, cows and goats in 1816

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Here is an interesting reference to Camelina that is almost 200 years old.

All words and terms beginning with the letter M are in Volume 15 of the 23 Volume Encyclopaedia Perthensis, published in Edinbugh in 1816.

Subtitled the Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature etc and ‘Intended to Supersede the Other Books of Reference and Illustrated with 370 Plates and Maps’, under the Letter M we find the term Myagrum or Gold of Pleasure in botany; …

“There are 5 species of plants but the only remarkable one is Myagrum sativum [Camelina sativa] which grows naturally in corn fields in the south of France and Italy and in some parts of Britain. It is an annual plant, with an upright stalk a foot and a half high sending out 2 or 4 side branches, which grow erect; the flowers grow in loose spikes at the end of the branches, standing upon short footstalks an inch long; they are composed of 4 small yellowish petals, in the form of a cross; these are succeeded by oval capsules, which are bordered and crowned at the top in the style of the flower, having 2 cells filled with red seeds. -This is cultivated in Germany for the sake of the expressed oil of the seeds, which the inhabitants use for medicinal, culinary and economical purposes. The seeds are a favourite food with Geese. Horses, goats, sheep, and cows, eat the plant.”

Here is the link: Encyclopaedia Perthensis

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