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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Therefore, the tenns and expressions used by Rheede and his collaborators to write the Latin descriptions of the plants in general and the flowers in particular in Hortus Malabaricus, do not always carry the technical meanings attributed to those very same tenns and expressions by botanists today.

It is a rare record of the medicinal plant wealth and traditional medical practices of ancient India. Collection of plant species of ‘Hortus Malabaricus’. At the Kollat birthplace of Itty Achuthan the only remnant of his ancestoral house that remains is a small dilapidated wooden structure with a thatched roof. The Illustrated College Herbal.

To facilitate this, the Dutch botanists themselves attempted to bring out a Dutch translation of Bortus Malabaricus but only the first two volumes could be translated, which were together published in a single bound volume in Recognized in the Indian Biological Diversity Bill ofthese PBRs consist of documents of people’s knowledge of biodiversity, its usage, trade, and efforts for its conservation and sustainable utilization.

Mathew in compiling the book, acquires special contemporary value for us. Summary [ edit ] Description Hortus Malabaricus Volume 1.

The Book and its origin It was the Dutch in the 17 th century, under the leadership of the far sighted Hendrik Adriaan Van Rheede, the then Dutch Governor of Cochin, who first thought of scientifically documenting the valuable plants ofthis region as well as the indigenous medical knowledge ofthe native Malabaris.

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The content will focus on not only the creation of the Hortus Malabaricus but its artistic, botanical, medicinal and political importance in by concerned parties.

On malabxricus grounds, many scientists deny allegations of biopiracy, arguing that the patent is intended to reward the extra work that was needed to produce a patentable invention from a biological resource, not the initial discovery ofthe source itself. The inaugural of the flower festival.


In the volumes from 3 to 8, Rheede has mentioned the names ofthe localities, where the concerned plants were commonly growing. Remember me on this computer. After this case, many foreign companies have been successfully acquiring patents of several Indian medicines ofplant origin. However, those who apply for patent argue that they have added an ‘inventive step’ that makes their version of the product patentable.

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. British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists.

However, in most of them sufficient technical details required by modern standards are not available to determine their correct, scientific identification acceptable according to the current “International Code ofBotanical Nomenclature” ICBN.

Today marked the first time since years that malabarcius diverse interest group gathered to discuss the importance of the Hortus Malabaricus ohrtus anno Click here to sign up. About this book Customer reviews Related titles.

The US Patent Rules do not recognize foreign “undocumented” knowledge as ‘prior art’, if it is not known in the United States. When it was published, Bortus Malabaricus was lauded as a classic. A historic Dutch visit to Kollat house. The following other wikis use this file: Commentaries on the Malayalam nomenclature, that in many cases are found to allude to the medicinal uses ofthe concerned plants, are given.

As none ofthose manuscripts existtodayand as. This, however, is an exampIe ofthe importance of’ geographical indicators’ as they relate to traditional knowledge, based on which malabaridus case was challenged. The world courts follow a similar pattern.

About this book Language: It was found that several englishh his plants no longer occur in their original localities but have migrated to places far away.

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The 17th century dialectical Malayalam names of the taxa which alone are given in this pre-Linnaean bookwhich could have given clues in some cases, have not been able to be interpreted correctly by others, mostly scientists not familiar with the intricacies of the language, yortus were looking for solutions oftaxonomic and nomenclatural problems.


Lambodaran released the book by giving the first copy to Mr. For the first time in Thripunithura -from where Cochin was ruled by the erstwhile Kings ; a horticulture show was inaugurated on 12th January Names of each species is written in Malayalam as well as Konkani Then known as Brahmananchi Bhas A description of each plant was written in Malayalam and thence translated into Portuguese, by a resident at Cochin, named Emmanuel Carneiro.

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Present relevance of the 17 1JJ century Botany book The present relevance of the book today for us, however, is mainly two-fold. The book has been translated into English and Malayalam by K.

In principle, application of.

It was Arabs who have been collecting the plants from Malabar, keeping their source as a secret, and taking them to the Mediterranean ports, from where they reached all over Europe. A very good selection of some of the medicinal plants mentioned in Hortus Malabaricus was displayed at David Hall ;definitely a centre piece of attention at the malagaricus land’ show.

The case ofpatenting ofturmeric, a plant that has been in use englis a medicine in India for centuries, is well known. The remaining 10 volumes have not been translated even into Dutch till now.

Patenting ofmany ofthem could not be prevented due to lack of any sufficiently old printed documents or books, to hhortus prove this traditional indigenous knowledge as ‘prior art’.

Indigenous medical knowledge for self reliance in health care For the drug to be really effective, indeed the emglish medicinal plant should be selected.

That its originals were documented, printed and published from Amsterdam years ago, makes it an undisputable proof concerning the clauses on ‘prior art’ and’ lack ofnovelty’, as well as for the matter to be considered as ‘known’ all over the world.