Suriname Botanist Frits Van Toorn – Saamaka Maroon

The maroons have a lot of knowledge about plants, trees and their medicinal or practical purposes, And there is none better than internationally renowned self thought botanist, Frits Van Troon, a Saamaka maroon.

The maroons had knowledge of some trees from Africa and they also learned from the indigenous Indians.


Frits Van Troon started learning as a child helping his father cut trees and make wood deliveries to local companies for the building industry. His knowledge about the trees was later enriched by his knowledge of plants as well, and he is now a world renowned botanist with a vast knowledge of plants and trees and their medical or practical uses. He is pretty much a walking encyclopedia regarding plant life in the Amazon region.

Here is a 7 part documentary about Frits Van Troon. Follow along as he takes you on a botanical journey while he explains what the plants and trees are useful for:

No Plant No Life(Dutch with English Subtitles)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7


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