New Plant Sources for Drugs and Foods from the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium by Siri Von Reis
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New Plant Sources for Drugs and Foods from the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium
By Siri Von Reis

New Plant Sources for Drugs and Foods from the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium

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New Plant Sources for Drugs and Foods from the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium by Siri Von Reis

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This companion volume to Siri von Reis's previous exploration of ethnobotanical notes in the Harvard herbaria brings to light a new array of plants with drug or food potential, offering wide-ranging possible applications for pharmacologists, chemists, botanists, and even anthropologists. Following the same criteria as in earlier investigations, the authors have examined the vast holdings of The New York Botanical Garden Herbarium to select little-known plant uses and to record any note suggesting biodynamic constituents--i.e., those having effects on living tissue--from skin irritants and poisons and medications of any kind to foods, beverages, and spices. They have also included species whose applications suggest other kinds of unreported chemical activity, plants associated with magic or ritual which affected people in some unusual way. Listing the notes in the order in which the species were found in the collection, family by family, the authors call attention to similar characteristics in related species and families having biodvnamic properties in common. Each entry begins with the Latin name of the specimen, cites the country in which it was collected, the collector's name, and his held number for the plant, and then quotes the ethnobotanical or other note of interest.While in itself a valuable reference work in the search for clues to useful plants, "New Plant Source for Drugs and Foods" also will enhance the value of the first volume by allowing a comparison of entries.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674617650
ISBN-10: 0674617657
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 33mm)
Pages: 376
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1983
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Siri Von Reis

Siri von Reis is Honorary Curator of Ethnobotany at The New York Botanical Garden, Honorary Research Associate in Ethnopharmacology at the Botanical Museum of Harvard University, and a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London Frank J. Lipp, Jr., recently completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research

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