I found some mention of plant materials on Pharaoh Tut-ankh-Amon's coffin but not Bittersweet Nightshade. ----------
All kinds of errors possible, from wrong id to careless naming. At least bittersweet does grow in northern Africa. But archaeological plant material is not easy to identify even these days, certainly not earlier. And plant knowledge is not exactly in the mainstream of archeological education, except pollens
----------Sometimes Latin names really do help.
Oh, yes, they do! Only not this week, or they might but only after very serious research.
3 major tangles of species, sub-species, hybrids, renamings at various stages, synonym names :
Knotweeds, http://www.looduskalender ... /11285
Wild roses, http://www.looduskalender ... /11298
Hawthorns, http://www.looduskalender ... /11306
Corrections, contributions, discussion welcome!
The knotweeds were a very unexpected hurdle. Seems to be no agreement on which species "common" knotweed is. Might be different distribution pattern in different countries?
Wild roses - a thorny matter indeed; any common English name for Rosa sub-canina (Estonian kutsikaroos = "whelp rose"
)? What is the best English word for "wild rose" - corresponding to "nyponros" in Swedish, "kibuvits" in Estonian?
Hawthorns - what is a species and what is a variety ...
Academic hair-splitting? Well, a lady ordered wild roses "R. vosagiaca", for her wildlife garden especially from Germany since they were not to be had in Sweden. Only synonym name R. dumalis, "glaucos dog rose" reveals that it is one of the most common wild Swedish "nyponrosor".
Does anyone pick and use rose hips for cooking?