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People’s Plants: A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa

People’s Plants: A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa

In People’s Plants: A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa traditional and contemporary uses of more than 700 plants are described and illustrated.
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Title: People’s Plants
Subtitle: A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa
Authors: Ben-Erik van Wyk, Nigel Gericke
Publisher: Briza Publications
Expanded and revised 2nd edition. Pretoria, South Africa 2018
ISBN 9781920217716 / ISBN 978-1-920217-71-6
Hardcover, 17 x 24 cm, 416 pages, 530 colour photographs

About: People’s Plants: A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa

Southern Africa is exceptionally rich in plant diversity with some 30 000 species of flowering plants, accounting for almost 10% of the world's higher plants. The region also has great cultural diversity, with many people still using a wide variety of plants in their daily lives for food, water, shelter, fuel, medicine and the other necessities of life. This expanded and revised 2nd edition of the ethnobotanical guide for southern Africa, People’s Plants: A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa, gives a broad overview of indigenous plant use. In the last few decades the region has seen great changes in access to modern health care and education, shifts of populations from rural to urban areas, changes from subsistence farming to cash-crop production, migrant labour, and unprecedented environmental degradation.

These changes in the socio-cultural and environmental landscapes have severely eroded the indigenous knowledge base. The study of the use of plants by local people, or ethnobotany, is still a relatively underdeveloped discipline in southern Africa, and knowledge of indigenous plant use in the region needs urgent scientific documentation before it is irretrievably lost to future generations. The intention of People’s Plants: A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa is primarily to raise awareness of the role plants play in people's daily lives by illustrating some of the most common and interesting traditional uses of plants, and highlighting selected categories of use for the first time.

Content: People’s Plants: A Guide to Useful Plants of Southern Africa

GENERAL INTRODUCTION
FOODS & DRINKS
CEREALS
SEEDS & NUTS
FRUITS & BERRIES
VEGETABLES
ROOTS, BULBS & TUBERS
BEVERAGES
HEALTH & BEAUTY
GENERAL MEDICINES
TONIC PLANTS
MIND & MOOD PLANTS
WOMEN'S HEALTH
WOUNDS, BURNS & SKIN CONDITIONS
DENTAL CARE
PERFUMES & REPELLENTS
SOAPS & COSMETICS
SKILLS & CRAFTS
HUNTING & FISHING
DYES & TANS
UTILITY TIMBERS
FIRE-MAKING & FIREWOOD
BASKETRY, WEAVING & ROPES
THATCHING, MATS & BROOMS
INDEX