Native Plants of Brazil

About this Exhibition

The Brazilian exhibition is being organized by its Steering Committee with the collaboration of the Municipal Botanical Museum- MBM at the Botanical Garden of Curitiba and the Center of Botanical Illustration of Paraná-CIBP. The exhibition will open to the public on May 18th and remain on view through June 18th and will include workshops and lectures. The exhibition will present original illustrations from the most important Brazilian botanical artists from different regions in order to represent the huge biodiversity of our country. 


Caesalpina echinata is the national tree of Brazil. It was very abundant and coveted for its use in dyeing fabrics. When brazil wood is referred to, it is the reddish wood from this tree, the origin of the word being brasa, or "glowing coals". It is endemic to Brazil and is found in the northeast and southeast areas of Atlantic Forest, and is now threatened.


Pau-Brasil, Caesalpina echinata, watercolor on paper, ©Fátima Zagonel

Archytaea triflora, watercolor on paper, ©Maria Alice Rezende

This painting by Maria Alice Rezende was done from a specimen from Serra do Aracá State Park, Amazonia collected on the scientific research expedition from the Rio de Janeiro Botanical Garden.

Diana Carneiro has painted this vigorous bromeliad that occurs in the Araucaria Pine Forest, in the States of Paraná and Santa Catarina (South Brazil), at altitudes above 800 meters. This epiphytic species rarely grows outside its natural habitat and is presently threatened with extinction due to over-harvesting.

Billbergia magnifica, watercolor on paper, ©Diana Carneiro


Center of Botanical Illustration of Paraná (CIBP) and Municipal Botanical Museum at the Botanical Garden Curitiba. CIBP is a nonprofit cultural association, created in 2000, to disseminate and highlight botanical art, to encourage interest in the art form and instruct new illustrators.  MBM was founded in 1965 from a private collection with 1800 herbarium specimens donated to the city by the Dr. Honoris Causa Gerdt Hatschbach. Since 1992 is has been located in the Curitiba Botanical Gardens and today numbers about 400,000 specimens of Brazilian and foreign flora.

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Steering Committee

Diana Carneiro
Maria Alice Rezende
Fátima Zagonel
Monica Claro - Advisor

exhibition Venue

The Exhibition Room at the Municipal Botanical Museum of Curitiba (MBM)

Photo courtesy PMC Collection, Municipal Botanical Garden.

Photo courtesy PMC Collection, Municipal Botanical Garden.


The Municipal Botanical Museum of Curitiba, Rua Eng°. Ostoja Roguski, s/n°. - Jardim Botânico



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