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Watts, May Theilgaard

Fragrance and Flavor in Leaf, Bark, Twig, and Fruit


Identifier
3.24626
Format
Pen and India ink on 4-ply cream board
Digitization Status
Digitized
Reproduction:
Original
Dimensions
29.8 cm W x 45.9 cm H (Item)
21.4 cm W x 37.5 cm H (Platemark or image size)
Extent
1 sheet
Type
Drawing
Date created
1943
Description
Illustrations of variety of leaves, buds, plant habits and bark, created to accompany " Fragrance and Flavor in Leaf, Bark, Twig, and Fruit" article featured in Morton Arboretum Bulletin of Popular Information.  Includes identifying illustrations of source trees and identifying text in pen and ink.

Divided into five sections, from top to bottom, left to right:

1) FRAGRANCE IN BRUISED LEAVES
  • Sweetbriar - fragrance of green apple sauce
  • Sweet shrub - scent of strawberries
  • Fragrant sumac - aromatic with a trace of lemon
  • Bayberry - aromatic with a hint of balsam
  • Mother-of-thyme - fragrant, with a suggestion of new lumber
  • Jeffrey pine - a sharp tang of orange peel
  • Arbor vitae - in hot sun a smell of "wild strawberries with a hint of resin" - Wilder
  • Balsam fir - aromatic and spicy
  • Sweet cicely - odor of anise, or licorice
  • Sassafras - "fragrance of lemon and a thousand spices" - Thoreau
  • Sweet bay - a culinary fragrance reminiscent of soups and stews
  • Spice-bush - smooth aroma of mingled spices
  • Hay-scented fern - fragrance of new-mown hay
  • Sweet fern - resinous and spicy
  • Southernwood - smooth sweet fragrance
  • Chaste tree - mint with a hint of spice
2) FLAVOR IN TWIGS AND BARK
  • Cherry birch - cool, smooth flavor of wintergreen
  • Yellow birch - mild taste of wintergreen
  • Black cherry - taste of bitter almond
  • Slippery elm - inner bark pleasantly mucilaginous
3) FLAVOR IN FRUIT
  • Juniper - a pleasant aromatic taste
  • Sumac - a berry on the tongue gives a taste of "Indian lemonade"
4) A FRAGRANT BUD
  • Balm of gilead - resinous and strongly aromatic
5) A FRAGRANT FRUIT
  • Flowering quince - good to put in a pocket, or with hankerchiefs
Appeared In
Morton Arboretum Bulletin Of Popular Information, Vol. 18, no. 10, p. 59.
Related Collections
Artwork
Language
English