Caldasia heterophylla Willd.


Family: Polemoniaceae

Genus: Caldasia

Description: 

From Bot. Reg. A tender herbaceous fibrous-rooted annual? diffusing a strong smell, to us like that of the common Horehound.

History: 

Published in Hort. Berol. (Willdenow) 1(6): 71 in 1806.

Synonym of Bonplandia geminiflora Cav.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 2: 92 in 1816.

From Bot. Reg. The first notice we trace of this plant is in the works of Cavanilles, where it founds a genus, by the title of BONPLANDIA, given in honour of the associate and coadjutor of Monsieur de Humboldt. But in a tract in the Transactions of the Berlin Academy for 1802, Professor Willdenow has attributed the same title to a genus instituted from the tree which affords the drug called " Angostura Bark," and has been followed by Messrs. Humboldt and Bonpland, in their " Plantes Equinoxiales;" while CALDASIA has been substituted for the generic name of our plant, in compliment to Don Josef Caldas, an eminent botanist native of Popayan in New Granada, now living.

Native of Mexico; introduced since the publication of the last edition of the Hortus Kewensis, by Mr. William Anderson, curator of the Chelsea Physic Garden. Mr. Edwards was favoured with the specimen from which the drawing was made, from Mr. Aylmer Bourke Lambert's collection at Boyton, Wiltshire, in January last.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Bonplandia geminiflora Cav. - accepted name


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