Flora de Filipinas (SB)
In 1837, Fr. Manuel Blanco published his iconic botanical text Flora de Filipinas, documenting hundreds of Philippine plant species according to popular usage. This revamped and newly accessible modern edition brings Flora de Filipinas to contemporary readers. Eminent botanical expert Dr. Domingo Madulid has selected and compiled 150 Philippine plants according to their usage, rarity, and popularity. The plants have been arranged by their common names, along with their accepted scientific names and the Latin names used by Blanco. Excerpts from Blanco’s original notes give fascinating insight into how these plants were commonly used during his time. They reveal the Filipino people’s attitude to plants and their intrinsic trust in nature’s healing capabilities. Also included are folkloric and historical notes that detail the cultural context of each plant species beyond taxonomic and practical interests. These come together to highlight Blanco’s masterwork for what it is—not simply a scientific reference text, but a valuable landmark of Philippine art and culture.
Vibal Foundation, Philippines
Softcover / 11.25 x 9 inches / 336 pages / Color