Historical Geography of Crop Plants is devoted to a variety of staple and food crops, as well as fodder, fiber, timber, rubber, and other crops. The origins and histories of many of these crops have been clarified only recently by new research. The book has been arranged alphabetically by family and higher taxa for easy reference. Within families, species and cultivars are listed chronologically and geographically. The taxonomy and geography of probable wild progenitors have been outlined, and archeological evidence (when available) and historical evidence on region and domestication are traced. The subsequent evolution and spread of many domesticated species are examined, and the reasons behind the diversity in crop histories are explored. Historical Geography of Crop Plants will be a useful reference for botanists, economic botanists, ethnobiologists, agronomists, geographers, and others interested in the subject.
"Sauer's book manages to integrate historical geography and the plant geography of crop domesticates as has no other recent monograph, just as surely as it crafts a classic compendium."
- Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Volume 8, Number 4, 1994
Introduction. Angiosperms-Flowering Plants. Dicots. Actinidiaceae-Actinidia Family. Amaranthaceae-Amaranth Family. Anacardiaceae-Sumac Family. Asteraceae (Compositae)-Daisy Family. Brassicaceae (=Cruciferae)-Cabbage Family. Chenopodiaceae-Chenopod Family. Convolvulaceae-Morning-Glory Family. Cucurbitaceae-Gourd Family. Ericaceae-Heath Family. Euphorbiaceae-Crown-of-Thorns Family. Fabaceae (=Leguminosae, Papilionaceae + Caesalpiniaceae + Mimosaceae)-Legume Family. Fagaceae-Beech Family. Juglandaceae-Walnut Family. Lauraceae-Laurel Family. Malvaceae-Hibiscus Family. Oleaceae-Lilac Family. Proteaceae-Grevillea Family. Rosaceae-Rose Family. Rubiaceae-Coffee Family. Rutaceae-Citrus Family. Solanaceae-Nightshade Family. Sterculiaceae-Cacao Family. Vitaceae-Grape Family. Monocots. Agavaceae-Century-Plant Family. Araceae-Aroid Family. Arecaceae (Palmae)-Palm Family. Bromeliaceae-Bromeliad Family. Musaceae-Banana Family. Orchidaceae-Orchid Family. Poaceae (Gramineae)-Grass Family. Gymnosperms-Conifers and Allies. Pinaceae-Pine Family. Taxodiaceae-Redwood Family. Discussion and Conclusions. Glossary. References.