People’s Plants – Ben-Erik van Wyk, Nigel Gericke


Condition: Very good. Plastic covering.
Format: Hardcover
Published: 2000 (Briza)
Pages: 351
ISBN: 9781875093199

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People’s Plants – Ben-Erik van Wyk, Nigel Gericke
A guide to useful plants of Southern Africa

People’s Plants is a photographic guide to the useful plants of southern Africa. It is the first fully illustrated ethnobotanical handbook for southern Africa. Traditional and contemporary uses of more than 650 plants are described and illustrated in 20 chapters, each dealing with a specific category of plant use:

• FOODS & DRINKS – (1) cereals, (2) seeds & nuts, (3) fruits & berries, (4) vegetables, (5) roots, bulbs & tubers, and (6) beverages

• HEALTH & BEAUTY – (7) general medicines, (8) tonic plants, (9) mind & mood plants, (10) women’s health, (11) wounds, burns & skin conditions, (12) dental care, (13) perfumes & repellents, and (14) soap plants & cosmetics

• SKILLS & CRAFTS – (15) hunting & fishing, (16) dyes & tans, (17) utility timbers, (18) fire-making and firewood, (19) basketry, weaving & ropes, (20) thatching, mats & brooms Plants and plant-derived products of special cultural and/or commercial significance are highlighted.

Key references for further reading are provided for each of the 20 categories of plant use. More than 530 excellent photographs are included, showing the plants, plant products and the way in which they are used.

This fascinating book is a must for anyone interested in useful plants, new crop plants, medicinal plants, new product development, ecotourism, rural development, traditional crafts, African culture, ethnobotany, and botany in general.

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