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 traditional indigenous ethno-medical information contained in it was gathered from ancient palm leaf manuscripts belonging to hereditary physicians’ families ofMalabar ofthe 17th century.

The commercial interest in patenting the name Basmati is evident from the fact that the Indian Basmati rice export entlish US is for about Rs.

Summary [ edit ] Description Hortus Malabaricus Volume 1.

The remaining 10 volumes have not been translated even into Dutch till now. This may be considered as an example ofwhat a significant practical role in the society can be played englush Taxonomy and Taxonomists, apart from their purely scientific and academic contributions. Customer Reviews Review this book.

It contained detailed scientific descriptions and life size illustrations ofabout useful plants ofMalabar, ofwhich over are ofmedicinal value. Today marked the first time since years that a diverse interest group gathered to discuss the importance of the Hortus Malabaricus in anno The comprehensive nature of the book is noted by T.

Introduction Malabar Kerala was well known all over the world from time immemorial for its spices, aromatic and medicinal plants. It is estimated that in the next five years the cost ofallopathic medicines will be 10 times more than what it is today, compelling the common people to fall back to their ancient traditional medical systems. 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 ‘Wanted land’ malabsricus.

Even in this case, the other eng,ish volumes remained unattended until the present English Edition was published 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 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.

The process ofidentification was based not only on the descriptions and illustrations given in the original engliwh, 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.

Over different plants and their indigenous science are considered in the book. 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. On May Ms.


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Since his times, several of the place names too have undergone changes or modifications, some of them beyond engish. Patenting ofmany ofthem could not be prevented due to lack of any sufficiently old printed documents or books, to convincingly prove this traditional indigenous knowledge as ‘prior art’.

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. Rules on the eligibility of ‘novel’ biological material for patent protection are quite demanding.

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Ebglish US Patent Rules do not recognize foreign “undocumented” knowledge as ‘prior art’, if it is not known in the United States. This, however, is an exampIe ofthe importance of’ geographical indicators’ as they relate to traditional knowledge, based on which the case was challenged. Exceptional customer service Get specialist help and advice. It is a volume treatise written in Latin, the 1st volume of which was published in and the 12 th in Written in Latinit was compiled over a period envlish nearly 30 years and published in Amsterdam during — Public domain Public domain false false.

During this tortuous, multi-stage transformations, the Malayalam names which even otherwise do not easily yield to European tongue or ears, had undergone severe distortions, that are malabaricux in their depiction in Roman script in the book.

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Skip to main content. Even today, years after its first publication, there is no other published book on the medicinal plants horths, which can surpass it in importance and magnitude. In principle, the Indian programme is ideal and would satisfy the Indian law. Lambodaran released engllish book by giving the first copy to Mr. Since the dried specimens of plants sent to Europe by Rheede could not be located, Linnaeus, due to his pronounced faith in this book, used, instead, the descriptions and illustrations contained in it to erect types ofmany of species and genera ofAsian and other tropical plants.

It was found that several of his plants no longer occur in their original localities but have migrated to places far away.

Local vernacular plant names are not recognized in international courts, where scientific names acceptable under the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature ICBN alone are accepted for all purposes, including matters concerning Biological Patent Laws.

Benton Richard Fortey View All. Many attempts were also made to translate the book into English by eminent scientists but none could complete even the first volume. The whole seems then to have passed under the supervision of another learned individual named Casearius, who was probably a Dutch Chaplain and a personal friend of Van Rheede.


Moreover, only local Malayalam names of the concerned plants were mentioned in it, with the accompanying confusion on their exact scientific identity. Indigenous Knowledge IK is the infonnation that people in a given community, based malwbaricus experience and adaptation to a local culture and environment, have developed over times, and continue to develop. Botany itself was not an independent branch of science then in Europe but was malabarichs a part of Medical education.

An intensive attempt was made by the author during the 20 years from toto re-collect all the plants described englisj Hortus Malabaricus, from the localities from where Rheede originally reported them over three centuries ago.

Many would assume that the problem with this patent is ‘novelty’ which mayor may not be the case. Hendrik van Rheede is said to have taken a keen personal interest in the compilation of the Hortus Malabaricus.

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In the volumes from 3 to 8, Rheede has mentioned the names ofthe localities, where the concerned plants were commonly growing. Go to page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published or registered with the U.

Attended by around people, the evening also consisted of a discussion encircling the Hortus Malabaricus and the launch of the online community platform http: 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 The world courts follow a similar pattern.

It is believed to be malabraicus earliest comprehensive printed work on the flora of Asia and the tropics. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Thus, Bartus Malabaricus may be seen to contain information on diverse topics of national and international importance.

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