ASIA'S OLDEST BOTANICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA (1678–1693)
Hortus Malabaricus (Garden of Malabar), is the oldest printed book on Indian medicinal plants. Written by Dutch Governor H.A. Van Rheede, it was compiled over a period of nearly 30 years and published in Amsterdam during 1678–1693.
For K.S. Manilal, a professor of botany at the University of Calicut, the love started early. It was an oddly matched couple, a tall, reserved, bespectacled man and Hortus Malabaricus, a 17th-century Botanical book on the trees and plants.
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