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Krakos, Kyra [1], Buchanan, Ashley [2], Shannon, Olivia [3].

The Plants, Power and Politics of the Last Medici Princess.

An introduction to the broad historical ethno-botanical study that focuses on collection of over 200 recipes that belonged to the last Medici Princess, Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici (1667-1743). Since the late sixteenth century, medicines at the Medici court had functioned as important gifts and diplomatic tools. Anna Maria collection includes knowledge from her family’s ducal pharmacy, received and exchanged information from court networks, and potential medicinal plants gathered by Italian and Portuguese trade networks and Jesuit missionaries. The goals of this study are to examine the taxonomy, medicinal uses, and biochemistry of the plant species in these records. A 1714 epistle sent with Strychnos ignatii beans are illustrative of the expected results.

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1 - Maryville University, Biology, 650 Maryville University, St Louis, MO, 63141, United States
2 - Mercer University, International Programs, Savannah, GA, 31404, USA
3 - Maryville University, 650 Maryville University Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63141, United States

historical ethnobotany
Italian plants
Strychnos ignatii.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 41, Ethnobotany
Location: 109/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Time: 10:15 AM
Number: 41001
Abstract ID:121
Candidate for Awards:None

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