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J. BARBOSA RODRIGUES: PALMS

Sertum Palmarum Brasiliensium.

João Barbosa Rodrigues (1842 - 1909) was a Brazilian botanist. He was born in Rio de Janeiro and raised in Campanha, in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He returned to Rio de Janeiro with his family in 1858. He was dedicated to business and commerce at first, but he was always interested in natural science, collecting insects and plants. He became a teacher of drawing and specialized in botany, under the

supervision of Francisco Freire Allemão e Cysneiro. He was in the Amazon Forest in a scientific mission of the imperial government (1872-1875). Some years later he organized and directed, in Manaus, the Botanical Garden, which opened in 1883 under the sponsorship of the Princess Isabel. In 1890 he became the director of the Botanic Garden of Rio de Janeiro, which he directed until his death. He

published various works, and one of his most important contributions was his work about orchids, in two volumes, Genera et species orchidearum novarum (1877-1881).Sertum Palmarum Brasiliensium, ou, Relation des Palmiers Nouveaux du Brésil: Decouverts, Décrits et Dessinés d'après Nature.  Bruxelles: Imprimerie Typographique Veuve Monnom, 1903.  2 volumes.  174 plates. Print: 24" x 16½"