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4 Lecture 17 3. Plantation of shrubs and preparation of the soil, viticulture; 4. Goodness of seeds and their degenera- tion; 5. Diseases; 6. Savors and odors. Although there is much practical information Theophrastus in interested in plants for their own sake. “Given differences between plants or organs, how do we account for them?” “What are the intentions of nature?” His classi f cation of plants endured for 2000 years. He studies form and function, germination, dis- tinguished monophyllous (monocots) and polyphyllous (dicocotyledonous) plants; leaf descriptions (still used); codi f ed names of 500 plants; considered ecological groupings, propagation. Describes such facts as mistle- toe germinating in oaks. Can still be read with interest by horticulturists. (For example mentions that shoots close to the stem root better, a correct observation still incompletely understood.) Alexander the Great (356–323). Alexander, king of Macedon, son of Philip of Macedon, student of Aristotle, extended Greek in
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