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World Economic Plants: A Standard Reference

By: John H Wiersema (Author), Blanca Léon (Author)

1300 pages, 1 b/w photo, 3 b/w illustrations, 3 tables

CRC Press

Hardback | Feb 2013 | Edition: 2 | #201931 | ISBN-13: 9781439821428
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About this book

Providing a means for international standardization, this comprehensive reference compiles essential information for more than 11,000 vascular plants of commercial importance throughout the world. For each plant, the text presents the accepted scientific name, synonyms, common names, economic uses, and geographical information. Reviewed by 150 taxonomic and agricultural experts, the second edition includes 1800 plants that are new to this edition as well as 4000 additional economic uses. It also incorporates more than 10,000 additional common names in various languages, some of which are featured in original scripts from Greek, Cyrillic, Japanese, Korean, and Hebrew.


- Introduction
- Discussion of Content
- Scientific Names
- Synonymy
- Common Names
- Economic Importance
- Food
- Food Additives
- Animal Food
- Bee Plants
- Invertebrate Food
- Materials
- Fuels
- Social Uses
- Vertebrate Poisons
- Non-Vertebrate Poisons
- Medicines
- Environmental Uses
- Gene Sources
- Weeds
- Harmful Organism Host
- CITES Appendices I and II
- Geographical Distribution
- Symbols and Abbreviations

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John H. Wiersema is the Curator of GRIN Taxonomy for the National Germplasm Resources Lab, USDA Agricultural Research Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Blanca Léon is with the Plant Resources Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

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