Köhler's Medicinal Plants
"From the botanical standpoint the finest and most useful series of illustrations of medicinal plants."
- Sitwell and Blunt

The Medizinal-Pflanzen was written by F. E. (Franz Eugen) Köhler and was published in 1887 in Gera, an east-central German city south of Leipzig The set of four volumes was a noteworthy achievement and included plants of medicinal interest from several European nations. It was described by Sitwell and Blunt as "From the botanical standpoint the finest and most useful series of illustrations of medicinal plants." Gustav Pabst, a German botanist, edited Köhler’s Medizinal Pflanzen.

The remarkable feature of the publication is its nearly 300 finely detailed illustrations, expertly drawn by the artists L. Müeller and C.F. Schmidt, which were skillfully rendered by K. Gunther in chromolithography. Chromolithography is the process of rendering images on stone or zinc plates, then inking them with color inks to yield color pictures.

Currently, this collection includes 25 prints, in two sizes, 13 inches by 19 inches, and 8 inches by 10 inches. Sample images from the series are provided below. Clicking on the smaller thumbnail image will take you to a larger sample image for closer inspection. Clicking on the name of the print will take you to the web page for that print, where you can find more information and place an order online.

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Chestnut
(Castanea sativa)
Clove
(Syzygium aromaticum)
Coconut Palm
(Cocos nucifera)
Coffee
(Coffea arabica)
Corn
(Zea mays L.)
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Elderberry
(Sambucus nigra L.)
Frankincense(Boswellia carterii) Ginger, Common (Zingiber officinale) Grape, White Wine (Vitis vinifera L.) Hops
(Humulus lupulus)
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Lemon
(Citrus lemonum)
Mistletoe, European (Viscum album) Orange, Bergamot(Citrus bergamia) Orange, Seville (Citrus vulgaris) Parsley
(Petroselinum sativum Hoffm.)
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Pomegranate Flower (Punica granatum) Pomegranate Fruit(Punica granatum) Raspberry, American Red (Rubus idaeus L.) Rice
(Oryza sativa L.)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.)
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Sage
(Salvia officinalis L.)
Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) Thyme
(Thymus vulgaris L.)
Vanilla
(Vanilla planifolia)
Wheat
(Triticum vulgare L.)

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Last updated 2005-02-16