The Officina

Welcome To The Officina

Officinalis Plants - CulpeperAn Officinalis is something belonging in an officina, the storeroom of a monastery where medicines and other substances were kept. Officina is a contraction of the Latin word opificina, from “opus” (work) and “facere” (to do). When Carl Linnaeus began use of the two-name system of taxonomy in his 1735 work Systema Naturae, he gave the name “officinalis” to plants with a long-established medicinal, culinary, or other use.

Here we will examine beneficial plants, including vegetables, herbs and spices. They are sorted by family, below, and the list is ever-expanding.

I. THE PLANT KINGDOM

A. Asteraceae: The Daisy Family
– – 1. On Chamomile – Asteraceae Matricaria
– – 2. On ChicoryAsteraceae Cichorium
– – 3. On Feverfew – Asteraceae Tanacetum

– – 4. On Wormwood – Asteraceae Artemisia

B. Brassicaceae / Cruciferae: The Mustard/Cabbage Family
– – 1. On Arugala – Eruca vesicaria
– – 2. On Cress – Lepidium sativum
– – 3. On MustardSinapsis alba

– – 4. On Kohlrabi – Brassica oleracea

 

– C. Lamiaceae: The Mint Family
– – 1. On MintLamiaceae Mentha
– – 2. On RosemaryLamiaceae Rosmarinus
– – 3. On SageLamiaceae Salvia
– – 4. On ThymeLamiaceae Thymus

II. THE FUNGI KINGDOM

– A. AgaricaceaeThe Button Mushroom Family
– – 1. Macrolepiota procera / Lepiota procera – the parasol mushroom
– – 2. Chlorophyllum molybdites – the false parasol (poisonous)
– – 3.

 

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