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World economic plants : a standard reference
Wiersema, John Harry.
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Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, [1999]

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xxxv, 749 pages : portrait ; 29 cm
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No previously published work has so comprehensively compiled essential information as this, 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.
World Economic Plants: A Standard Reference provides the broad coverage needed in a global economy. It includes information garnered during more than two decades of research on economic plants.
The information given conforms to all international standards for botanical data and results from an extensive review of literature and the input of numerous agricultural and botanical scientists.
This book is invaluable to everyone dealing with economic vascular plants, be they from research or commerce including international agriculture, horticulture, or government.

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Wiersema and Leon list nearly 10,000 economic plants from all parts of the world. Entries are arranged alphabetically by genus and species. The standard information contained in each species entry (illustrated in figure 1) consists of an accepted species name, appropriate synonyms, multilingual common name(s), economic impact, and geographic information. The preferred English common name is underlined. Following each economic impact class (e.g., food, fuels, materials, medicines, weeds), economic impact subclasses are given in in parentheses (e.g., cereal, fruit, charcoal, alcohol, fiber, folklore). An explanation of content following the introduction includes specific information about each of the economic classes and subclasses. Table 1 provides the classes and subclasses for economic plants and table 2 a list of standard geographical areas and regions, which are highlighted on a map of the world (figure 2). Preceding the species list are lists of symbols and abbreviations, of references cited, and of the 149 reviewers and their taxonomic expertise, and following that an index of common names and the index. This will be an important source of standardized information for anyone working with economic plants, ethnobotany, taxonomy, or international commerce. S. L. Timme Pittsburg State University