Sagas of the Solanaceae: Speculative ethnobotanical perspectives on the Norse berserkers.

  title={Sagas of the Solanaceae: Speculative ethnobotanical perspectives on the Norse berserkers.},
  author={Karsten Fatur},
  journal={Journal of ethnopharmacology},
  • Karsten Fatur
  • Published 15 November 2019
  • Biology
  • Journal of ethnopharmacology

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