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Welcome to Hortus Malabaricus

Hortus Malabaricus is an online community platform serving an international interest group regarding the Hortus Malabaricus, a 17th century 12-volume book illustrating around 700 indigenous plants in the Malabar region of Kerala, India that explains their medicinal properties, with captions in 5 different languages. The content will focus on not only the creation of the Hortus Malabaricus but its artistic, botanical, medicinal and political importance in 2013 by concerned parties. Participants are invited to upload personal archives, images, videos and comments to the site, along with video and audio clips. This website will also bring together Indian as well as Dutch collaborators in the fields of history, botany, medicine, philology, sociology, culture, anthropology and medicine who will who contribute their knowledge, enabling the research to be continued and built upon by others. Like the Hortus Malabaricus itself, this website works beyond its depicted material; it is a compendium of knowledge and experience ordered and extended.