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Monday, December 31, 2007

An Untapped Pharmacopeia

There are many reasons to conserve our rainforests; they are the “lungs of the world” and storehouses of incredible biological diversity.
Less than one percent of tropical plant species have been assessed for modern-day medical applications. From just that one percent, we have developed drugs to treat cancer, HIV, hormonal imbalances, muscle spasms, indigestion and many other afflictions.
Please visit the interpretive trail in the Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory (Denver Botanic Gardens). It highlights tropical plants in our collection that have proven medicinal value to humans.
In its series Drawing on Tradition Botanical Illustration Program offers a watercolor/graphite class featuring Medicinal plants and Elizabeth Blackwell. While learning new/old methods of botanical illustration, the students will also explore a piece the Botanical illustration history, Medical use of common and tropical plants and E. Blackwells herbal.
This fascinating class starts on January 7th, registration and further information, please click here.

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