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Botany – Objects
The treasure of plants
August, 2018 – Cuenca, Spain
It's interesting that, in times of expeditions that ventured to discover new territories, plants met on the road were one of the treasures they had to bring back with them in the victorious returns.
Maybe it was the golden yellow of the sunflower, brilliant as the gold objects, what attracted the Spanish travelers who discovered America.
From there was native this plant that the indigenous tribes of North America sowed and cultivated as food in small plots on river's banks. To its oil they attributed virtues that improved the skin and hair. Even sunflower's use blossomed to medicines or dyes for textiles.
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'Their seeds, arriving from New Mexico, took land in Spain. It was the Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid'
Their seeds, arriving from New Mexico, took land in Spain. It was the Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid the ones who, in the sixteenth century, began to cultivate the sunflower for its exceptional ornamental value. A plant with such a unparalleled distinction and solar-looking beauty could not go unnoticed by horticulturists and gardeners throughout Europe. So it is not difficult to imagine that it would spread swiftly in the rest of European countries.
The countries that exerted greater efforts to cultivate it managed, two centuries later, to go beyond sunflower's purely ornamental purposes. Russia was able to take advantage of the increased potential of the oleaginous seeds and obtained a culinary oil from this vigorous plant.
Its magic is not only evidenced in the greatness of its growth, surprisingly it can even exceed the height of a person, but also in its special movement. Its flower, seduced by the sun, follows its diurnal course turning to look at it from dawn to sunset by the West.
The flower of the sun that overfill the vast fields during the last months of summer, reveals there is humble treasures that lie closer than we think.