SOMEREN, Joannes van
Hortus Indicus Malabaricus: Continens regni Malabarici apud Indos cereberrimi onmis generis plantas rariores, Latinas, Malabaricis, Arabicis, Brachmanum charactareibus hominibusque expressas ....12 vols.Amsterdam: sumptibus Johannis van Someren, et Joannis van Dyc, 1678 – 1703.
The earliest comprehensive printed work on the flora of Asia and the tropics in 12 folio volumes written and published under the supervision of van Rheede tot Drakenstein, a colonial administrator of the Dutch East India Company and naturalist. This set describes plants of the Malabar region which at time of publication referred to the stretch along the Western Ghats mountains from Goa to Kanyakumari. It describes 742 different plants and their indigenous science, employing a system of classification based on the traditions adopted by the practitioners of that region. In addition to their Latin names the work records plant names in Malayalam, Konkani, and Arabic. Digital facsimile of the complete set from the Biodiversity Heritage Library at this link.
Botanists collaborating in this set included:
Almeloveen, Theodoor Jansson ab, 1657-1712
Casearius, Johannes, ca. 1642-1677
Commelin, Johannes, 1629-1692
Dyck, Jan van.
Munniks, Johannes, 1652-1711
Poot, Abraham van, b. ca. 1617.-
Someren, Joannes van.
Syen, Arnold, 1640-1678
Boom, Henrik & Dirk.
Subjects: BOTANY, COUNTRIES, CONTINENTS AND REGIONS › India, PHARMACOLOGY › PHARMACEUTICALS › Materia medica / Herbals / Herbal Medicines