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Amazonian Ethnobotanical Dictionary

1st Edition

By James A. Duke, Rodolfo Vasquez

CRC Press

224 pages

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The Amazonian Ethnobotanical Dictionary presents an exciting new rainforest book, designed and conceived in the rainforest and dedicated to its preservation.The book contains concise accounts of the various uses to which prominent Amazonian plants are put by the local rainforest inhabitants. Although emphasis is placed on plant foods and forest medicines, there is also commentary on other relevant applications, including natural artifacts, house construction, natural pesticides, and ornamental and fodder plants. More than 1,000 species are covered and over 200 illustrated. An index to Spanish and English names leads to the scientific name, and the index to plants provides its medicinal application. There are even suggestions on how to eat palm grubs and how to make an Amazonian salad dressing. All royalties from the book are donated to the Amazonian Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER) in order to continue its preservation of one of the world's most diverse forests.


"We have waited a long time for this kind of listing of the natively employed plants of the Amazonia. Here it is! And it will certainly be a most useful compendium for every botanist, ethnobotanist, and anthropologist who is working or intends to work in this most wonderful part of the world…"

R.E. Schultes

Botanical Museum of Harvard University

as quoted in Environmental Conservation

Table of Contents


Alphabetical Listing of Plants

Index of Common Names

Medicinal Index

Major References.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Herbal Medications
MEDICAL / Pharmacology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany