Friday, August 24, 2007

Doctrine of Signatures

My sex slaves; looks like it, smells like it, I want a piece of it

This is a detail of a tubular flower known as the Dutchman's Pipe because of its shape. In Trinidad and Tobago the rare flower goes by the name, Tref and the vine comes from the Aristolochiaceae family. At bloom, the seductive orifice lures insects to a large cavity located at its core. The purpose is for sex.

The plant resembles a human fetus in the womb, and was once thought to facilitate child birth.

In the 1500s, the Swiss herbalist Paracelsus originated the Doctrine of Signatures, he believed that the shape, colour, taste, smell and other properties of a plant can hint its use in healing.

The flowers also emits a foul pungent odor and the Insects are trapped inside until the plant releases pollen. Then they are free to escape
pollen laden and lured once again to another receptive flower.

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