(Greek > Latin: plants, plant life [originally, "herb, grass, pasture"] to botany)
Variations included scattering the leaves of vervein [vervain] or heather in a high wind. Another method was by writing sentences on leaves that were exposed to the wind, the divination would be gathered from those leaves which were left.
Interpretations were also made from the crackling sounds made when certain plants were thrown on the fire or crushed in the hands.
It is also considered a form of pyromancy or the interpretation of burned or burning tree branches and leaves.
Botanomancy is also considered a general term for divination which uses any plant or plant part.
While botany is the study of plants, it is divided into many areas including:
- Plant taxonomy, a description of plants and their arrangements into classes.
- Plant geography, the location of certain plants.
- Plant ecology, studies of the relationships between plants and the environment.
- Paleobotany, ancient plants.
- Phytopathology, plant diseases.
- Economic botany, how plants can be used as products.
- Plant morphology, the physical structure of plants:
- Physiology, the function of plant parts.
- Cytology, the study of plant cells and their parts.
- Anatomy and histology, the internal structure of plants.