Hortus Malabaricus is an online community platform serving an international interest group regarding the Hortus Malabaricus, a 17th century volume book . K. S. Manilal has spent over 35 years rendering Hortus Malabaricus to English. has presented to the scientific world, the English edition. Images from the Hortus Malabaricus volumes at Blatter Herbarium Library of St. . Indian for the newly chartered Dutch and English East India Companies.

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The native South African bushmen of the Kalahari desert were known to have been using this plant for centuries to stave off hunger and reduce the quantity of food they have to eat during long journeys or times of food scarcity. Alongside the illustrations, Malayalam names are written in Malayalam script also, which is a great help in understanding them better. Biodiversity Registers are then compiled in the fonn of computerized data bases on the level of talukas, districts, states and the entire country, in order to provide infonnation to the public, government and industry.

About this book Customer reviews Related titles. However, a lot of confusion existed in this matter, as the descriptions in the book and illustrations though very beautiful are not ofmodern scientific nonns. Thus, Bartus Malabaricus may be seen to contain information on diverse topics of national and international importance. The process ofidentification was based not only on the descriptions and illustrations given in the original book, but also studying fresh collections ofthe plants made personally by the present author during the past few decades, from the localities in Malabar from where Rheede originally collected them years ago.

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About this book Language: Medicinal properties ofthe concerned plants, as originally certified by the ancient local traditional Malabar physicians, who supplied all such information contained in it are translated and interpreted in this English Edition. The entire text being malabaricks antiquated Latin, the valuable infonnation contained in it is not readily available to many modern investigators and users either. The remaining 10 volumes have not been translated even into Dutch till now.

The timestamp is only hogtus accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong. Hendrik van Rheede is said to have taken a keen personal interest in the compilation of the Hortus Malabaricus. With the help ofits English Edition, Hortus Malabaricus, the first printed book on the plants of Malabar could now be used not only to accurately identify the correct medicinal plants to be used as a source of more than Q prescriptions for more than diseases which were rampant in Malabar in the 15 th to 17th century that are common even today for self reliance in health care of our villagers.

The book also employs a system of classification based on the traditions adopted by the practitioners of that region. Present relevance of the 17 1JJ century Botany book The present relevance of the book today for us, however, is mainly two-fold. The plants were described under their dialectical Malayalam names that were used by the natives ofCochin, where Rheede was stationed at that point oftime in 17 th century.


Even today, years after its first publication, there is no other published book on the medicinal plants ofMalabar, which can surpass it in importance and magnitude.

In addition to the English translation, the correct scientific botanical nomenclature and identity ofall plants, acceptable under the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature ICBNare given, along with their important synonyms and basionyms with author citations. The Hortus Malabaricus comprises 12 volumes of about pages each, with copper plate engravings.

The commercial interest in patenting the name Basmati is evident from the fact that the Indian Basmati rice export to US is engkish about Rs. However, it has been found that several plants described in Hortus Malabaricus have disappeared altogether from the entire Malabar region, some having become extinct.

Ebglish plants were collected from places nearest to Cochin or to their original localities, resulting in a re-collection of most of Rheede’s plants. Bortus Malabaricus and World Botany About a century after its publication, Carl Linnaeus, father ofmodem Botany, accepted Bartus Malabaricus as an authoritative manual on the plants ofAsia and made extensive use of it when establishing his new binomial system of nomenclature of plants.

Attended by around people, the evening also consisted of a discussion encircling the Hortus Malabaricus and the launch of the online community platform http: Skip to main content. At the same time, several of the old, unchanged names are now used to denote plants that are entirely different from those meant by van Rheede and the physicians who helped him in selecting and describing them over three and a quarter centuries maoabaricus.

It is a rare record of the medicinal plant wealth and traditional medical practices of ancient India. Log In Sign Up. Skip to main content.

CS1 Latin-language sources la Commons category malabarixus from Wikidata. The 1st volume of the book in double folio size, the entire text of which was written in Latin, was published from Amsterdam in and the engllsh in About Help Blog Jobs Welcome to our malabarkcus website. The local names of plants were dictated to Rheede in the spoken vaamozhi form of the local language Malayalam.

A collection of plant species mentioned in Hortus Malabaricus is maintained in ‘Hill Palace compound at Tripunithra. When it was published, Bortus Malabaricus was lauded as a classic.

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Lambodaran released the book by giving the first copy to Mr. It contained detailed scientific descriptions and life size illustrations ofabout useful plants ofMalabar, ofwhich over hprtus ofmedicinal value. Keep up-to-date with NHBS products, news and offers.

Hortus Malabaricus English Edition 12 volumes is the translation of the oldest comprehensive printed book on the natural plant Wealth of Asia and of the tropics, compiled and published in Latin by Van Rheede during Written in Latinit was compiled over a period of nearly 30 years and published in Amsterdam during — The ‘Kuriala’ – at Itty Achuthan birthplace. Morphology of various parts of the flowers was not properly understood and their functions mostly unknown.

It contains descriptions and illustrations of plants. However, since the Registry has been prepared by persons who are not technically competent to properly and scientifically identify the concerned plants as per enlgish acceptable Rules of the ICBN, the technical accuracy ofthis Registry may not stand the test ofscrutiny and hence its acceptability in malaabricus courts of law is open to question.

The effort has brought the main contents of the book to Malayalam and English-speaking scholars. Customer Reviews Review this book.

The book has been translated into English and Malayalam by K. In his Species Plantarum published in and Genera PlantarumLinnaeus used about Indian plants for erecting new species and genera, most of which from Bartus Malabaricus.

This case serves as an example ofwhy pre-emptive registration or public disclosure ofthe use ofgeographic indicators is important to help prevent misappropriation.

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Local people were taken aback when it was reported in the news papers that the use ofturmeric powder in wound healing, a property well known in India for many centuries, is patented by a US organization as their own invention.

Therefore, the argument that the ‘invention’ was common knowledge in India would have no legal standing in the US. Medicinal Plants of the World. malabaricu

Despite the unique importance ofthe book, the correct scientific taxonomic identity of many of the plants of Malabar, as well as the medicinal properties of them, their methods of use, etc.