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Guerrero, Leon Ma.


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)


Born: 1853, Manila, Luzon, P.I. Died: 1935, ? , P.I.



Was educated at Sto Tomas University, Manila; pharmacist at Zamboanga (1881), Cavite (1882) and Botica de Minonda (1883-96); Professor of Plant Histolog at Sto Tomas University, 1887-1935; 1916-33 Botanist (1926-33 Chief) of the Bureau of Science, Manila, appointed for the purpose of undertaking a survey of medicinal plants of the Philippine Archipelago.1

Ilex guerreroii Merr. was named after him.



Dr Leon Guerrero was the owner of a herbarium, for the greater part collected by himself, which in 1903 was preserved in the College of San Jose at Manila, and was inaccessible. He collected a little in the B.S. (cf. Bureau of Science, Manila) and in the F.B. (cf. Forestry Bureau, Manila) series, Herb. Manila [PNH]; in 1903/04 42 nos from Rizal Prov., Luzon, were presented to Manila [PNH]. U.S. Nat. Herb. Wash. [US]: 9 dupl. P.I.



(1) Author of ‘Medicinal plants’ (in Census Philip. Isl. 3, 1921, p. 747-787); ‘Medicinal uses of Philippine plants’ (Philip. For. Bull. 22, 1921, p. 149-246); and others.


biographical data:

Nat. Res. Count. P.I. Bull. no 7, 1935, p. 672-673, incl. bibliogr.; Chron. Bot. 2, 1936, p. 253 + portr.


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