García Barriga, Hernando

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Biographical History

Hernando Garcia-Barriga was a Colombian ethnobotanist. Born in 1913 in Bogotá, he received his Bachelor’s degree at the Colegio Mayor de San Bartolomé. Garcia Barriga then entered the Agronomic and Veterinary School of Bogotá for a short time before transferring to the Faculty Veterinaria y Zootecnia of the National University of Colombia. In 1938 he helped found the Institute of Botany (later to become the Institute of Natural Sciences) at the University, as well as helping to establish the first Botanical Garden in Colombia in 1939. That same year, he became professor at the National University of Columbia. During his career, Garcia Barriga collected plant species which had traditional uses in indigenous cultures, and those used for healing. In 1935 he made his first expedition to the forests of Putomayo and decided to produce a multi-volume work dedicated to the medicinal plants of Colombia. The work, entitled Flora Medicinal included the names (both scientific and common), descriptions, chemical composition, geographical distribution, and their traditional or medicinal uses. Hernando Garcia Barriga died in 2005.

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García-Barriga, Hernando (1913-). JSTOR Plant Science. Retrieved November 2011 from http://plants.jstor.org/person/bm000011302

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Universidad nacional de Colombia: He was a professor at the National University of Columbia.

Birth Date

1913

Death Date

2000

Topic

Botany

Form/Genre

Personal name

Occupation

Botanists