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Theophrastus was a Greek naturalist philosopher, a pupil of Plato and then Aristotle, and is recognized as the ‘Father of Botany’.
Only two of his almost 200 botanical treatises survive, but they give us some insight into the state of plant science at the time. Some of the plants mentioned in his writings are pepper, oats, bananas, cherries, figs, citron and wheat.
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