Vegetable Lamb of Tartary(Planta Tartarica Barometz, Lamb Plant) Unfinished Painting
(Sketch colored in Photoshop)
The Vegetable Lamb is a mythical plant that comes from European legend. It is the explanation from European travelers exploraton of far east Asia. In the Middle Ages Europe knew nothing of cotton so when they saw a cotton plant they assumed it was wool. Wool came from sheep so they thought the cotton plant was some kind of animal/plant hybrid. The little buds of cotton were tiny little sheep. The plant would let the sheep down to graze on the surrounding grass. When all the grass was gone the sheep would be ripe and drop off the plant and run away.