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Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees
This profusely illustrated archive of more than 200 flowers, plants, and trees was compiled by Ernst and Johanna Lehner — two of the world's foremost collectors of pictorial symbols (who also happen to be devoted flower enthusiasts). Their comprehensive collection, with illustrations selected from rare sources, extends from the image of a pomegranate, the Chinese symbol of ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 23rd 2003 by Dover Publications
(first published July 1990)
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Dec 10, 2014 Reese Lightning rated it really liked it
"The night-blooming tree of sorrow (Arbor tristis) was believed to be a native South American tree, whose trunk grew in the shape of a female body. An ancient Amerindian fable tells that the young and beautiful daughter of the mighty chief and warrior, Parizataco, fell in love with the sun. But when the sun rejected her love and scorned her she withdrew from all human companionship into the wilderness. In her grief she slew herself. When her body was found by her people, it was brought back to h ...more