World Economic Plants: A Standard Reference

John H Wiersema and Leon Blanca 
CRC Press  1999  

Hardback  792 pages  ISBN 9780849321191      £133.00
This is one of the most comprehensive compilations of essential information covering almost 10,000 vascular plants of commercial importance throughout the world. For each plant the accepted scientific name, synonyms, common names, economic uses, and geographical distribution are provided. It provides the broad coverage needed in a global economy based on information gathered during more than two decades of research on economic plants. The information provided, based on an extensive review of the literature and the input of numerous agricultural and botanical scientists, conforms to all international standards for botanical data making it invaluable to everyone dealing with economic vascular plants, whether with a research, commercial or government background.


  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • 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
  • References Cited
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Reviewers
  • Catalog of Economic Plants
  • Index of Common Names
  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Sample of Accepted Name Entry
  • Classes and Subclasses of Economic Impact
  • List of Standard Geographical Areas and Regions
  • World Map of Standard Geographical Regions
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