TITLE

LAS PTERIDOFITAS EN LA HISTORIA DE LAS PLANTAS DE LA NUEVA ESPA�A DE FRANCISCO HERNANDEZ, PROTOMEDICO ESPA�OL

AUTHOR(S)
Riba, Ramon; Perez-Garcia, Blanca; Segovia, Alma Orozco
PUB. DATE
December 1993
SOURCE
Acta Botanica Mexicana;1993, Issue 25, p27
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Francisco Hern�ndez (1517/1518-1584), in his Historia de las Plantas de la Nueva Espa�a, included 3076 plants with native names, descriptions, medicinal uses and region where they grow. Fifty two of them have been identified as ferns but unfortunately only five are illustrated. Previous studies of the books of Hern�ndez were made by F. Altamirano, M. Altamirano, M.A. Batalla et al., F. Miranda and J. Vald�s, F. Miranda et al., and J. Vald�s and H. Flores, who attempted the botanical interpretation of the plants with partial success, because of the vagueness of the descriptions. Based on the former interpretations, a new evaluation of the pteridophytes included in Hern�ndez is presented. We believe that five plants of the fifty two pteridophytes mentioned are angiosperms (2 Ranunculaceae, 1 Piperaceae, 1 Leguminosae or Coriariaceae and 1 of unknown family); the interpretation of twelve plants is not possible, although apparently they are pteridophytes. The remaining 35 plants can be interpreted as pteridophytes, at least at the genus level.
ACCESSION #
21792519

 

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