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The perception of plants in the complete works of Cervantes, particularly “Don Quijote”

AuthorsMorales Valverde, Ramón ; Pardo de Santayana, Manuel ; Tardío, Javier
Don Quijote
literary texts
history of plant uses
Issue Date2006
PublisherEge Yayınları
CitationProceedings of the IVth International Congress of Ethnobotany : 451-459 (2006)
AbstractWe searched the complete works of Cervantes, as historical ethnobotanical resources, for all references to plants, plant communities and products. Our analysis of the perception and uses of plants in Spain 400 years ago covers wild trees and shrubs; cultivated plants in fields and gardens, mainly edible species; medicinal plants; plants with technological applications; and ornamental and symbolic plants. 167 species were registered in the 38 works, 110 cited in “Don Quijote”. The numbers of references and different species indicate a rich knowledge of plants and their cultural relevance as a landscape feature and of their uses and in a figurative sense through references to size, shape, colour and flavour. Some species have allegorical associations with ideas or values and concepts such as goodness, evil, victory or death. The species with the highest frequence of occurrence are Quercus ilex, Phoenix dactylifera, Vitis vinifera, Laurus nobilis, Triticum aestivum, Quercus suber, Rosa ssp., Olea europaea, Cupressus sempervirens, Hedera helix, Juglans regia and Pyrus communis.
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