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Ethnobotany of the Americas

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Ethnobotany is a term coined in 1895 to encompass the study of the applications and economic potential of plants used by native peoples. During the first half of the 20th century the anthropological and ecological aspects of the use of plants by indigenous populations became increasingly important. However, it was during the second half of the 20th century that ethnobotany flourished and that ethnobotanical surveys, studies, and reports on explorations proliferated. These studies were fueled by the interests of major universities, pharmaceutical firms, and government agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, who greatly expanded their programs in natural products research in hopes of finding new medicines for a variety of ills, including cancer, diabetes, and disorders of the immune system.

This compilation provides sources useful in chronicling the history of ethnobotany as well as references to published materials on all forms of vegetation which the aboriginal inhabitants of North and South America used for commodities, such as medicine, food, textiles, and ornaments. Material on the interrelations between indigenous peoples, plants and society is also included. Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this guide is designed --as the name of the series implies-- to put the reader "on target."



Balick, Michael J. Transforming ethnobotany for the new millennium. In St. Louis. Missouri Botanical Garden. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, v. 83, no. 1, 1996: 58-66.
   QK1.M45 and Pamphlet box <SciRR>

Cox, Paul Alan, and Michael J. Balick. The ethnobotanical approach to drug discovery. Scientific American, v. 270, June 1994: 82-87.
   T1.S5 and Pamphlet box <SciRR>
   Medicinal plants discovered by traditional societies are proving to be an important source of potentially therapeutic drugs.

Harshberger, John W. The purposes of ethno-botany. Botanical gazette, v. 21, Mar. 1896: 146-154.
   QK1.B3 and Pamphlet box <SciRR>

Rheingold, Howard. Ethnobotany and the search for vanishing knowledge. Whole earth review, no. 89. Sept. 12, 1989: 16-23.
   AP2.C636 and Pamphlet box <SciRR>



Subject Headings used by the Library of Congress or the National Library of Medicine, under which books on ethnobotany of South and North America can be located in most card, book, and online catalogs, include the following:

Highly Relevant

   See also names of individual tribes, e.g., Iroquois Indians, Ojibwa Indians
   See also names of individuals tribes, e.g., Callahuaya Indians, Quechua Indians





More General




Balick, Michael J., and Paul Alan Cox. Plants, people and culture: the science of ethnobotany. New York, Scientific American Library, c1996. 228 p. (Scientific American Library series, no. 60)
   Bibliography: p. 209-218.
   GN476.73.B35 1996 <SciRR>

Cotton, C. M. Ethnobotany: principles and applications. Chichester, Eng., New York, John Wiley & Sons, c1996. 424 p.
   Bibliography: p. 375-399.
   GN476.73.C67 1996 <SciRR>

Erichsen-Brown, Charlotte. Use of plants for the past 500 years. Aurora, Ont., Breezy Creeks Press, c1979. 510 p.
   Bibliography: p. 480-501.
   GN560.U6E75 1979 <SciRR>

Ethnobotany: evolution of a discipline. Edited by Richard Evans Schultes and Siri von Reis. Portland, Or., Dioscorides Press, c1995. 414 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GN476.73.E84 1995 <SciRR>

Martin, Gary J. Ethnobotany: a methods manual. London, New York, Chapman & Hall, 1995. 268 p. (People and plant conservation manuals, v. 1)
   Not yet in LC collections
   Bibliography: p. 253-261.

The Nature and status of ethnobotany. Edited by Richard I. Ford, with a new introduction by Richard I. Ford. 2nd ed. Ann Arbor, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1994. 428 p. (Anthropological papers, no. 67)
   GN2.M5, no. 67
   "Dedicated to Volney H. Jones."
   "Published works of Volney H. Jones": p. 419-428.
   Includes bibliographical references.

Weiner, Michael A. Earth medicine--earth food: plant remedies, drugs, and natural foods of the North American Indians. lst Ballantine Books ed., rev. & expanded. New York, Ballantine Books, c1991. 230 p.
   Bibliography p. 217-218.
   E98.M4W4 1991 <SciRR>



Castetter, Edward Franklin. Uncultivated native plants used as sources of food. Albuquerque, University of New Mexico, 1935. 62 p. (Ethnobiological studies in the American Southwest, 1) (University of New Mexico bulletin, whole no. 266. Biological series, v. 4, no. 1)
   Bibliography: p. 57-59.

Densmore, Frances. How Indians use wild plants for food, medicine, and crafts. New York, Dover, 1974. 119 p. Reprint of Uses of Plants by the Chippewa Indians from the 44th Annual report (1926/27) of the U.S. Bureau of American Ethnology, p. 279-397.
   E99.C6D415 1974

Herrick, James W. Iroquois medical botany. Edited with a foreword by Dean R. Snow. Syracuse, N.Y., Syracuse University Press, 1995. 278 p.
   Bibliography: p. 251-254.
   E99.I7H47 1995

Johnston, A. Plants and the Blackfoot. Lethbridge, Alta., Lethbridge Historical Society, Historical Society of Alberta, 1987. 68 p. (Lethbridge Historical Society. Occasional paper, no. 15)
   Bibliography: p. 64-66.
   E99.S54J58 1987

Medicinal resources of the tropical forest: biodiversity and its importance to human health. Edited by Michael J. Balick, Elaine Elisabetsky, Sarah A. Laird. New York, Columbia University Press, c1996. 440 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RS164.M377 1996 <SciRR>

New directions in the study of plants and people: research contributions from the Institute of Economic Botany. Ghillean T. Prance and Michael J. Balick, editors. Bronx, N.Y., New York Botanical Garden, 1990. 278 p. (Advances in economic botany, v. 8)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   SB108.A45N48 1990

Niethammer, Carolyn J. American Indian food and lore. New York, Macmillan, 1974. 191 p.
   Bibliography: p. 175-178.
   E78.S7N53 1974

Schultes, Richard Evans, and Robert F. Raffauf. The healing forest: medicinal and toxic plants of the northwest Amazonia. Portland, Or., Dioscorides Press, c1990. 484 p. (Historical, ethno- & economic botany series, v. 2)
   Bibliography: p. 475-476.
   QK99.A47S38 1990 <SciRR>

Scully, Virginia. A treasury of American Indian herbs: their lore and their use for food, drugs, and medicine. New York, Crown Publishers, 1970. 306 p.
   Bibliography: p. 296-302.
   E98.B7S3 1970

Vogel, Virgil J. American Indian medicine. Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1970. 583 p. (The Civilization of the American Indian series, 95) Expanded version of the author's thesis, University of Chicago.
   Bibliography: p. 473-517.



Berlin, Brent. Ethnobiological classification: principles of categorization of plants and animals in traditional societies. Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, c1992. 335 p.
   Bibliography: p. 291-308.
   GN468.4.B47 1992

Davis, Wade. One river: explorations and discoveries in the Amazon rain forest. New York, Simon & Schuster, c1996. 537 p.
   Bibliography: p. 493-515.
   GN20.D38 1996

Cole, John N. Amaranth, from the past for the future. Emmaus, Pa., Rodale Press, c1979. 311 p.
   Bibliography: p. 290-300.

Duke, James A. The green pharmacy: new discoveries in herbal remedies for common diseases and conditions from the world's foremost authority on healing herbs. Emmaus, Pa., Rodale Press; New York, Distributed in the book trade by St. Martin's Press, c1997. 507 p.
   RM666.H33D847 1997 <SciRR>

Eating on the wild side: the pharmacologic, ecologic, and social implications of using noncultigens. Nina L. Etkin, editor. Tucson, University of Arizona Press, c1994. 305 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GN476.73.E27 1994

Grime, William Ed. Ethno-botany of the Black Americans. Algonac, Mich., Reference Publications, l979. 237 p.
   Published in 1976 under the title, Botany of the Black Americans.
   Bibliography: p. 202-204.
   E185.89.E8G74 1979 <SciRR>

Johns, Timothy. With bitter herbs they shall eat it: chemical ecology and the origins of human diet and medicine. Tucson, University of Arizona Press, c1990. 356 p.
   Bibliography: p. 305-338.
   GN476.73.J64 1990

Tyler, Varro E. The honest herbal: a sensible guide to the use of herbs and related remedies. 3rd ed. New York, Pharmaceutical Products Press, 1992. 375 p.
   Rev. ed. of The new honest herbal.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RM666.H33T94 1993 <SciRR>




Ethnobotany of the Nitinaht Indians of Vancouver Island, by Nancy J. Turner and others. Victoria, B.C., Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Provincial Secretary and Govt. Services, Provincial Secretary, Govt. of Canada, Parks Canada, Western Region, c1983. 165 p. (Occasional papers of the British Columbia Provincial Museum, no. 24)
   Bibliography: p. 132-134.
   QH71.V6A24, no. 24

Gilmore, Melvin R. Uses of plants by the Indians of the Missouri River region. Enl. ed. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 1991. 125 p. Revision of the author's thesis, University of Nebraska, 1914.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   E99.M82G55 1991

Hart, Jeff. Montana--native plants and early peoples. Researched and written by Jeff Hart. Helena, Montana Historical Society Press, 1992. 75 p.
   Bibliography: p. 74-75.
   E78.M9H28 1992

Holmes, Walter C. Flore louisiane: an ethno-botanical study of French-speaking Louisiana. Lafayette, La., Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Southwestern Louisiana, c1990. 145 p.
   Bibliography: p. 143-145.
   QK164.H65 1990

Kindscher, Kelly. Medicinal wild plants of the prairie: an ethnobotanical guide. Lawrence, University Press of Kansas, c1992. 340 p.
   Bibliography: p. 299-313.
   E78.G73K56 1992

King, Frances B. Plants, people, and paleoecology: biotic communities and aboriginal plant usage in Illinois. Springfield, Ill., Illinois State Museum, 1984. 224 p. (Illinois State Museum. Scientific papers, v. 20)
   Bibliography: p. 209-216.
   E78.I3K56 1984

Krauss, Beatrice H. Ethnobotany of the Hawaiians. Honolulu, Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawaii, 1975. 32 p. (Harold L. Lyon Arboretum lecture, no. 5)
   Bibliography: p. 31-32.

Kuhnlein, Harriet V., and Nancy J. Turner. Traditional plant foods of Canadian indigenous peoples: nutrition, botany, and use. Philadelphia, Gordon and Breach, c1991. 633 p. (Food and nutrition in history and anthropology, v. 8)
   Bibliography: p. 485-512.
   E78.C2K92 1991

Mead, George R. The ethnobotany of the California Indians: a compendium of the plants, their users, and their uses. Greeley, Museum of Anthropology, University of Northern Colorado, 1972- (Occasional publications in anthropology. Ethnology series, no. 30, etc.)

Moore, Michael. Medicinal plants of the mountain West: a guide to the identification, preparation, and uses of traditional medicinal plants found in the mountains, foothills, and upland areas of the American West. Santa Fe, N.M., Museum of New Mexico Press, c1979. 200 p.
   Bibliography: p. 194-196.
   QK99.U6M66 1979

Turner, Nancy J. Food plants of coastal First Peoples. Vancouver, UBC Press, c1995. 164 p. First published as Food Plants of British Columbia Indians. Pt. 1. Coastal Peoples. British Columbia Provincial Museum, 1975. (Handbook, no. 34)
   Bibliography: p. 151-158.
   E78.B9T87 1995

Stevenson, Matilda Coxe. The Zuni Indians and their uses of plants. New York, Dover, 1993. 68 p.
   Originally published as Ethnobotany of the Zuni Indians, in the thirtieth Annual report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1908-1909. Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1915.
   E99.Z9S78 1993

Thompson ethnobotany: knowledge and usage of plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia. Nancy J. Turner and others. Victoria, Royal British Columbia Museum, 1990. 335 p. (Royal British Columbia Museum. Memoir, no. 3)
   Includes bibliographical references.
   E99.N96T39 1990


Balee, William L. Footprints of the forest: Ka'apor ethnobotany--the historical ecology of plant utilization by an Amazonian people. New York, Columbia University Press, c1994. 396 p.
   Bibliography: 363-382.
   F2520.1.U7B35 1994

Bastien, Joseph William. Healers of the Andes: Kallawaya herbalists and their medicinal plants. Salt Lake City, University of Utah Press, 1987. 198 p.
   Bibliography, p. 182-190.
   F3320.2.C3B365 1987

Mahabir, Noor Kumar. Medicinal and edible plants used by East Indians of Trinidad & Tobago. 2nd ed. Trinidad, W.I., Chakra Pub. House, 1991. 166 p.
   Bibliography, p. 158-160.
   F2119.M35 1991

Morton, Julia Frances. Atlas of medicinal plants of Middle America: Bahamas to Yucatan. Springfield, Ill, Thomas, c1981. 1420 p.
   Bibliography: p. 1297-1319.
   QK99.C315M67 <SciRR>

Plotkin, Mark J. Tales of a shaman's apprentice: an ethnobotanist searches for new medicines in the Amazon rain forest. New York, Viking, 1993. 318 p.
   Bibliography: p. 291-297.
   F2230.1.B7P56 1993

Seaforth, C. E. Natural products in Caribbean folk medicine. St. Augustine, Trinidad, W.I., University of the West Indies, c1988. 140 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RS164.S475 1988

Schultes, Richard Evans. Where the gods reign: plants and peoples of the Colombian Amazon. Oracle, Ariz., Synergetic Press, c1988. 306 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   F2270.S38 1988



Boyle, Wade. Official herbs: botanical substances in the United States pharmacopoeias, 1820-1990. East Palestine, Ohio, Buckeye Naturopathic Press, c1991. 77 p.
   RS141.2.B68 1991

Heiser, Charles Bixler, Jr. Seed to civilization: the story of food. New ed. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1990. 228 p.
   Bibliography: p. 217-221.
   S419.H44 1990

Hiles, Harold T. Guide to protein and nutritional values of plants used by Native Americans of the Southwest. Fairacres, N.M., H. T. Hailes, c1993. 119 p.
   Bibliography: p. 103-119.
   E78.S7H66 1993

Kavasch, E. Barrie. Native harvests: recipes and botanicals of the American Indian. New York, Vintage Books, 1979. 202 p.
   Bibliography: p. 183-188.
   E98.F7K38 1979b

Nabhan, Gary Paul. Enduring seeds: Native American agriculture and wild plant conservation. San Francisco, North Point Press, 1989. 225 p.
   Bibliography: p. 205-217.
   E98.A3N33 1989

Prehistoric food production in North America. Edited by Richard I. Ford. Ann Arbor, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1985. 411 p. (Anthropological papers, no. 75)
   Bibliography: p. 365-411.
   GN2.M5, no. 75



Duke, James. A. Handbook of northeastern Indian medicinal plants. Lincoln, Mass., Quarterman Publications, c1986. 212 p. (Bioactive plants, v. 3)
   Bibliography: p. 172-174.
   E98.E2D85 1986

Duke, James A., and Rodolfo Vasquez. Amazonian ethnobotanical dictionary. Boca Raton, Fla., CRC Press, c1994. 215 p.
   Bibliography: p. 213-215.
   GN564.P4D85 1994 <SciRR>

Handbook of Latin American studies. 1935- Austin, University of Texas.
   Also available on the Internet. Search under term, Ethnobotany.
   Z1605.H23 <MRR Alc>

Hutchens, Alma R. A handbook of native American herbs. Boston, Shambhala; New York, Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 1992. 256 p.
   E98.B7H87 1992

Lyon, William S. Encyclopedia of Native American healing. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, c1996. 373 p.
   Bibliography: p. 335-351.
   E98.M4L96 1996

Moerman, Daniel E. American medical ethnobotany: a reference dictionary. New York, Garland Pub., 1977. 527 p. (Garland reference library of social science, v. 34)
   Includes bibliographical references.

Ratsch, Christian. The dictionary of sacred and magical plants. Translated by John Baker. Santa Barbara, Calif., ABC-CLIO, 1992. 223 p.
   Rev. translation of Lexikon der Zauberpflanzen.
   Bibliography: p. 185-211.
   GR780.R3813 1992

Selected guidelines for ethnobotanical research: a field manual. Edited by Miguel N. Alexiades, with assistance from Jennie Wood Sheldon. Bronx, N.Y., New York Botanical Garden, 1996. 306 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GN476.73.S453 1996

Von Reis, Siri. Drugs and foods from little-known plants; notes in Harvard University herbaria. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1973. 366 p.
   Bibliography: p. 345.
   QK99.A567 <SciRR>



Ethnobotany and the search for new drugs. G. T. Prance, Derek J. Chadwick (organizer) and Joan Marsh. Chichester, Eng., New York, Wiley, 1994. 280 p. (Ciba Foundation symposium, 185)
   "Symposium on Ethnobotany and the Search for New Drugs, held at the Hotel Praia Centro, Fortaleza, Brazil, 30 November--2 December 1993."
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RS164.E84 1984

Ethnobotany in the Neotropics Symposium (1983, Oxford. Ohio). Ethnobotany in the neotropics: proceedings. ... Society for Economic Botany, 13-14, June 1983, Oxford, Ohio. Edited by G. T. Prance & J. A. Kallunki. Bronx, N.Y., New York Botanical Garden. 1984. 156 p. (Advances in economic botany, v. 1)
   F2519.1.A6E87 1983

Ethnopharmacologic search for psychoactive drugs. Daniel H. Efron, editor-in-chief, Bo Holmstedt, co-editor, Nathan S. Kline, co-editor. New York, Raven Press, 1979. 468 p.
   Proceedings of a symposium held in San Francisco, Jan. 28-30, 1967.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RM315.E86 1979

European Symposium on Ethnopharmacology (1st, 1990, Metz, France). Ethnopharmacologie, sources, methodes, objectifs: actes du 1er Colloque europeen d'ethnopharmacologie, Metz, Centre international des congres, 23-25 mars 1990. Organise par Societe francaise d'ethnopharmacologie. Textes reunis et presentes par Jacques Fleurentin ... et al. Paris, Editions de l'ORSTOM; Metz, Societe francaise d'ethnopharmacologie, 1991. 493 p.
   Collection Colloques et seminaries (O.R.S.T.O.M. (Agency: France)).
   French and English.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   RS160.E97 1991

Sustainable harvest and marketing of rain forest products. Edited by Mark Plotkin and Lisa Famolare. Washington, Island Press, c1992. 325 p.
   Proceedings of a meeting sponsored by Conservation International and the Asociacion Nacional para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza, held in Panama City on June 20-21, 1991.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   SD387.S87S86 1992



Dissertations can be located by using the following print indexes located in the Library's Main Reading Room, or on CD-ROM and/or online:

Comprehensive Dissertation Index 1861/1972- (1973- annual) Z5053.X47 1973

Dissertation Abstracts International (1938- monthly) Z5053.D57

Dissertation Abstracts Ondisc (CD-ROM--same coverage as print volumes)

Masters Abstracts International (1962-1985) Z5055.U49M3



Selected Dissertations available in the Microform Reading Room:

Benzecry, Alice. Ethnobotany, anatomy and taxonomy of five tropical lianas of Coto Brus. Ann Arbor, University Microfilms, 1994. 2 microfiche, 4 x 6 in.
   Collation of the original: 115 p.
   Bibliography: p. 107-115.
   Thesis (doctoral)--City University of New York, 1993.
   UMI Microfiche 94-05498 <MicRR>

Laferriere, Joseph E. Optimal use of ethnobotanical resources by the Mountain Pima of Chihuahua, Mexico. Ann Arbor, University Microfilms, 1991. 3 microfiche, 4 x 6 in.
   Collation of the original: 266 p.
   Bibliography: p. 230-266.
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Arizona, 1991.
   UMI Microfiche 91-36850 <MicRR>

Mallory, Jane Maureen. Common medicinal ethnobotany of the major ethnic groups in the Toledo district of Belize, Central America. Ann Arbor, University Microfilms, 1991. 3 microfiche, 4 x 6 in.
   Collation of the original: 256 p.
   Bibliography: 247-256.
   Thesis (masters)--California State University, Fullerton, 1991.
   UMI Microfiche 13-43978 <MicRR>

Marles, Robert James. The ethnopharmacology of the lowland Quichua of eastern Ecuador. Ann Arbor, University Microfilms, 1989. 3 microfiche, 4 x 6 in.
   Collation of the original: 213 p.
   Bibliography: p. 188-211.
   Thesis (doctoral)--University of Illinois at Chicago, Health Sciences Center, 1988.
   UMI Microfiche 89-14130 <MicRR>

Mead, George R. The Indians of the Redwood Belt of California: an ethnobotanical approach to culture area. Ann Arbor, University Microfilms, 1971. 1 microfilm reel. 35 mm.
   Collation of the original: 123 p.
   Bibliography: p. 120-123.
   Thesis (doctoral)--Washington State University, 1971.
   UMI Microfilm 71-28784 <MicRR>



Irvine, F. R. Bibliography of wild food plants of Canadian Indians. Washington, Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, 1963. 13 p.
   Mimeographed copy.
   Edible Wild Plants Pamphlet box <SciRR>

Irvine, F. R. Bibliography of wild food plants of United States Indians. Washington, Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, 1959. 26 p.
   Mimeographed copy.
   Edible Wild Plants Pamphlet box <SciRR>

Lynas, Lothian. Medicinal and food plants of North American Indians: a bibliography. New York, Library of the New York Botanical Garden, 1972. 21 p.
   Z1209.2.N67L92 <SciRR>

Meil, Joanne, comp. New world plants and their uses: a guide to selected literature and genetic resources, 1980-1993. Beltsville, Md., National Agricultural Library, 1993. 38 p.
   QK98.4.A1M45 1993 <SciRR>

McCarthy, Susan A. Ethnobotany and medicinal plants. Beltsville, Md., National Agricultural Library, 1992. 2 v. (Quick bibliography series, QB92- 66, QB(93-02)
   Z5354.M42M35 1992 <SciRR>

Robson, John R. K., and Joel N. Elias. The nutritional value of indigenous wild plants: an annotated bibliography. Troy, N.Y., Whitston Pub. Co., 1978. 232 p.
   Z5354.E33R63 <SciRR>



Abstracting and indexing services that index relevant journal articles and other literature on ethnobotany in North and South America are listed below. Some suggested terms for searching are "Ethnobotany," "Ethnobiology," "Ethnobotanical," "Indians of North America--Ethnobotany," "Indians of North America--Plants and Plant-lore," Indians of South America--Ethnobotany," "Indians of South America--Plants and Plant-lore," "Medicinal Plants," "Medicine, Herbal" and variations of these terms. Most of these services also index to the names of individual tribes or groups of indigenous peoples as well as to the scientific and common names of specific plants. Consult reference librarian for location of these materials in the Science Reading Room. Several of these titles may also be available on CD-ROM terminals or on-line.

Agricola (1970-)
   Computer Format

Biological & Agricultural Index (1916-)
   Z5073.A46 <SciRR A&I> and Computer Format

Biological Abstracts (1967-)
   QH301.B37 <SciRR A&I> and Computer Format

General Science Index (1978-)
   Z7401.G46 <SciRR A&I> and Computer Format

Index Medicus (1960-)
   Z6660.I422 <SciRR A&I> and Computer Format

Magazine Index
   Available in several formats at LC

Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications (1895-)

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900-)
   AI3.R45 and Computer Format

Science Citation Index (1965-)
   See especially Permuterm Subject Index (1965-) for entries under relevant keywords.
   Z7401.S365 <SciRR A&I> and CD-ROM



Journals that often contain relevant articles inlcude the following:

Conservation Biology QH75.A1C665
Economic Botany SB1.E3
Journal of Ethnobiology GN476.7.J68
Journal of Ethnopharmacology National Library of Medicine
Journal of Natural Products QH1.L94
Planta Medica RS164.P7
Plants & People: Society for Economic Botany Newsletter National Agricultural Library



Anderson, M. Kat. The ethnobotany of deergrass, Muhlenbergia rigens (Poaceae): its uses and fire management by California Indian tribes. Economic botany, v. 50, Oct./Dec. 1996: 409-422.

Gilmore, Melvin R. Importance of ethnobotanical investigation. American anthropologist, v. 34, Apr./June 1932: 320-327.

Hosler, Denise M., and Michael A Mikita. Ethnobotany: the chemist's source for the identification of useful natural products. Journal of chemical education, v. 64, Apr. 1987: 328-332.

Kendler, Barry S., Helen G. Koritz, and Arnold Gibaldi. Introducing students to ethnobotany. American biology teacher, v. 54, Jan. 1992: 46-50.

Laferriere, Joseph E., and Terence E. Hays. Recent doctoral dissertations of interest to ethnobiologists XIII. Journal of ethnobiology, v. 15, winter 1995: 281-286.
   This review of doctoral dissertations appears annually in the winter issue, beginning in 1984; the first article appeared in 1982.

Longuefosse, Jean-Louis, and Emmanuel Nossin. Medical ethnobotany survey in Martinique. Journal of ethnopharmacology, v. 53, Sept. 1996: 117-142.
   Pamphlet box <SciRR>

McClung de Tapia, Emily. A perspective on Mexican ethnobotany. Journal of ethnobiology, v. 10, winter 1990: 141-147.
   Includes notes on the contributions of C. Earle Smith, Jr., to Mexican ethnobotany.

Milliken, William, and Bruce Albert. The use of medicinal plants by the Yanomami Indians of Brazil. Economic botany, v. 50, Jan./Mar. 1996: 10-25.

Mont, Juan Jose Castillo, Negli Rene Gallardo, and Dennis V. Johnson. The Pacaya palm (Chamaedorea tepejilote, Arecaceae) and its food use in Guatemala. Economic botany, v. 48, Jan./Mar. 1994: 68-75.

Phillips, O., and others. Quantitative ethnobotany and Amazonian conservation. Conservation biology, v. 8, Mar. 1994: 225-248.

Schmeda-Hirschmann, Guillermo. Plant resources used by the Ayoreo of the Paraguayan Chaco. Economic botany, v. 48, July/Sept. 1994: 252-258.

Schultes, Richard Evans. Plants in treating senile dementia in the northwest Amazon. Journal of ethnopharmacology, v. 38, Mar. 1993: 129-135.
   Pamphlet box <SciRR>

Yano, Lester I. Protection of the ethnobiological knowledge of indigenous peoples. UCLA law review, v. 41, Dec. 1993: 443-486.
   K25.C152 <Law>



Selected Materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet box to accompany this title include:

Abbott, Isabella A. Ethnobotany of seaweeds: clues to uses of seaweeds. Hydrobiologia, v. 326/327, July 26, 1996: 15-20.

Begossi, Alpina. Use of ecological methods in ethnobotany: diversity indices. Economic botany, v. 50, July/Sept. 1996: 280-289.

Bennett, Bradley C. Plants and people of the Amazonian rainforests: the role of ethnobotany in sustainable development. BioScience, v. 42, Sept. 1992: 599-607.

Farnsworth, Norman R. Ethnopharmacology and future drug development: the North American experience. Journal of ethnopharmacology, v. 38, Mar. 1993: 145-152.

Flores, Jose Salvador, and Rita Vermont Ricalde. The secretions and exudates of plants used in Mayan traditional medicine. Journal of herbs, spices & medicinal plants, v. 4, no. 1, 1966: 53-59.

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Ethnobotany Specialist Group
c/o Prof. Richard Evans Schultes
Botanical Museum
Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: (617) 495-2326
Fax: (617) 495-5667
Scientists interested in the conservation of tropical rain forests and the knowledge and use of jungle plants by local inhabitants. Conducts research and maintains a library.

Society of Ethnobiology
c/o Gayle Fritz
Dept. of Anthropology
Washington University
Campus Box 1114
St. Louis, MO 63130
Telephone: (314) 935-8588
Fax: (314) 935-8535
Individuals and institutions interested in the relationship between plants and animals and specific peoples or regions, which can also include the study of the medicinal uses of plant and animal products. Publishes the Journal of Ethnobiology and maintains a library.

Also, the Internet offers a growing number of ethnobotanical sites, such as Access Excellence: Botany Websites--a site to unify global information regarding ethnobotanical research. This site, built and maintained by the Missouri Botanical Garden and Harvard University Herbaria, provides a link to a wealth of botanical resources (URL: Ethnobotany sites may include records of plant uses world-wide, interviews with ethnobotanists, descriptions of courses, photographs of herbaria specimens, textual material, bibliographies, and/or links to still other ethnobotanical sites on the Web.

Compiled August 1997

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