//Malayalam version of Hortus Malabaricus

Malayalam version of Hortus Malabaricus

Thiruvananthapuram: The University of Kerala is bringing out a Malayalam version of Hortus Malabaricus, 325-year-old Latin treatise on the plant wealth of Asia and the tropics, with special reference to the Malabar coast.

The Malayalam issue will be published in 12 volumes spanning 350 pages. The printing work will be undertaken by St. Joseph's Press here. University Vice-Chancellor M.K. Ramachandran Nair on Thursday handed over the CD of the treatise to press manager Jacob Korakkal. The Department of Publications under the university plans to release the volumes next year. University sources said the translation of the treatise into Malayalam was complete and the editing work was on.

The English translation of Hortus Malabaricus, which was brought out by the university earlier, contains modern nomenclature and botanical interpretations of the rich and varied plant wealth of the region.

The palm leaf inscriptions of Itty Achuthan, a traditional physician who belonged to Alappuzha, formed the original matter for the Latin text.

It is thanks to the Dutch that the palm leaves were recovered, more than three centuries ago. Some of the plants that find a mention in the book have since become extinct.