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Czapla, Grant [1], Krakos, Kyra [2], Buchanan, Ashley [3].

The use and analysis of Paoenia officinalis from the records of Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici in the Medici archives in Florence, Italy.

This is an historical ethno botanical study focusing on the use of Paoenia officinalis by Anna Maria Luisa de' Medici (1667-1716). In Florence, Italy, the Medici Archives house the correspondence and documentation of the ruling house of Medici in the 15th and 16th century. Recent translations have provided documentation of the use of P. officinalis as a key recipe promoted by Anna Maria as a treatment for childhood fevers. In this study we document the pre-Linnean taxonomy of P. officinalis, compare past and present medicinal uses, and examine the known biochemistry of this species. The research was conducted both in the collaboration with the Medici Archives and at the Missouri Botanical Garden Riven Libary. We find that the use of P. officinalis has multiple sources of folk medicine documentation, and has biochemical properties consistent with potential efficacy for medicinal effects.

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1 - Maryville University, Biology, 509 Misty Moss Lane , St. Peters, MO, 63376, USA
2 - Maryville University, Biology, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63141, USA
3 - University of South Florida, 4202 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33620, USA

Ethno botany

Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Ethnobotany
Location: Exhibit Hall/Omni Hotel
Date: Monday, June 26th, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 5:30 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PET001
Abstract ID:42
Candidate for Awards:Economic Botany Section best poster

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