THE STRAWBERRIES OF ULYSSES ALDROVANDI
The suspected identity of Fraga Virgi and Fragum aliud, depicted in two colour plates of Aldrovandi's Iconographia Plantarum, Tomi Decem, as Fragaria virginiana Duch., a species native to eastern North America, is discussed by comparing chronological references of the latter's introduction into Europe against Aldrovandi's scientific activity. The plates, which were made towards the end of the sixteenth century, can reasonably be considered as the first illustration of the Strawberry of Virginia.
Baldini, E. and Rosati, P. (1993). THE STRAWBERRIES OF ULYSSES ALDROVANDI. Acta Hortic. 348, 155-155