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Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales

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FERNANDEZ-ALONSO, José Luis. Quinas in the Flora from Royal Botanical Expedition of the New Kingdom of Granada. A commentary 60 years after its publication. Rev. acad. colomb. cienc. exact. fis. nat. [online]. 2019, vol.43, suppl.1, pp.242-252. ISSN 0370-3908.

Sixty years after the historical publication of the quinas of the Flora of the Royal Botanical Expedition of the New Kingdom of Granada, in its volume 44, we want to present here a brief retrospective analysis on its genesis, content and scope. This pioneering study unveiled some unpublished manuscripts and the bulk of the incomparable iconography of the quinas or cascarillas of the Botanical Expedition (1783-1816), a group exquisitely illustrated and documented in nowadays territories of Colombia and Ecuador, under the direction of José Celestino Mutis. These contributions are discussed and reviewed here in the context of the taxonomic study of this group of plants in tropical America and their therapeutic application.

Keywords : Cinchona; Ladenbergia; Cinchoneae; Colombia; Ecuador; Mutis; quina trees; therapeutics.

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