CLASSICAL plant-names like Mηδικη πóα or spina Arabica, designed to indicate origin, do not always fulfil their object. Pliny's specific reference to milium intra has decem annos ex India in Itdliam invectum has not obviated debate as to the home and the identity of his plant. Many notices of ancient crops connote only local cultivation.
"Sino-iranica. Chinese Contributions to the History of Civilization in Ancient Iran, with special reference to the History of Cultivated Plants and Products.” By Berthold Laufer . (Field Museum of Natural History Publication 201: Anthropological Series, vol. xv., No. 3.) Pp. iv+445. (Chicago, 1919).