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Cinchona. Historical artwork of the cinchona plant, Cinchona officinalis. The plant is used for its medicinal properties. It contains quinine, and was the original source of this anti-malarial drug. It was first described to Europeans in 1633 by a Jesuit, and is also called Jesuit's Bark. The plant originates from South America, in Peru and Ecuador. Engraving from a book published in 1815.
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