Chemistry and pharmacology of some plants mentioned in the letter of Pero Vaz de Caminha

Authors

  • Lucio Ferreira Alves Oswaldo Cruz Foundation
  • Lin Chau Ming

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15451/ec2015-1-4.3-1-15

Keywords:

Ethnobotany, Historical Ethnobiology, Medicinal Plants, Natural Products

Abstract

Brazil has a long tradition in the study of medicinal plants. When the Portuguese arrived to the new colony, Pero Vaz de Caminha, the scriber of the fleet, left the first impressions of the local and the inhabitants. He clearly mentions how the Indians use natural dye as tincture to paint their bodies. This article reviews the phytochemical and pharmacological characteristics of these colorants and other medicinal plants recently identified mentioned in this letter.

Author Biography

Lucio Ferreira Alves, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

Natural Products

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Published

05/02/2015

How to Cite

Alves, L. F., & Ming, L. C. (2015). Chemistry and pharmacology of some plants mentioned in the letter of Pero Vaz de Caminha. Ethnobiology and Conservation, 4. https://doi.org/10.15451/ec2015-1-4.3-1-15

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