Seeds of Change by H. Hobhouse

David R. Hershey dh321 at excite.com
Sat Oct 30 00:54:18 EST 2004


Do you have a list of plants you plan to discuss? Amazon.com has a 
couple books on tobacco history, several books on Captain Bligh's 
breadfruit expedition on the H.M.S. Bounty, a number of books on other 
drug plants, books on bamboo, redwoods, etc. Here's some suggestions:

Dash, Michael. 1999. Tulipomania : The Story of the World's Most Coveted 
Flower & the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
NY: Three Rivers Press
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/060980765X/qid=1099108122/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/102-3100133-1800164

Smith, C. Wayne. 1995. Crop Production : Evolution, History, and 
Technology. New York, Wiley.
[Excellent discussion of the history of Corn, Wheat, Grain Sorghum, 
Barley, Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, and Peanuts. It's very expensive 
however. The same author has a series with an even more expensive 
treatise on each major crop.]
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0471079723/qid=1099109184/sr=1-6/ref=sr_1_6/102-3100133-1800164?v=glance&s=books

Li, Hui-Lin 1996. Shade and Ornamental Trees: Their Origins and History. 
University of Pennsylvania Press.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0812216059/qid=1099111971/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/102-3100133-1800164?v=glance&s=books

Hewes, Jeremy Joan. 1995. Redwoods: The World's Largest Trees. 
Smithmark. [coffetable book with excellent photos but with some depth, a 
lot on history of logging]
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0831773812/qid=1099115003/sr=1-14/ref=sr_1_14/102-3100133-1800164?v=glance&s=books

Heiser, Charles B., Jr. 1987. The fascinating world of the nightshades: 
Tobacco, Mandrake, Potato, Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant, Etc. New York: 
Dover Publications.
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0486253805/qid=1099113971/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/102-3100133-1800164?v=glance&s=books

McPhee, John. 1975. Oranges. Farrar, Straus and Giroux
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0374512973/qid=1099110949/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/102-3100133-1800164

Simpson, Beryl  and Ogorzaly, Molly. 2000. Economic Botany: Plants in 
our World. NY: McGraw-Hill. [A college economic botany text.]
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0072909382/qid=1099109716/sr=2-1/ref=pd_ka_b_2_1/102-3100133-1800164

Lewington, Anna. 1990. Plants for People. NY: Oxford University Press. 
[A coffee table book on economic botany.]
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0195208404/qid=1099110072/sr=1-4/ref=sr_1_4/102-3100133-1800164?v=glance&s=books

Foster, Nelson and  Cordell, Linda S. 1992. Chilies to Chocolate: Food 
the Americas Gave the World. University of Arizona Press
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0816513244/qid=1099111197/sr=1-5/ref=sr_1_5/102-3100133-1800164?v=glance&s=books

There have been a number of recent books on plants of the Lewis and 
Clark expedition:

Phillips, Wayne and Phillips, H. Wayne. 2003. Plants of the Lewis & 
Clark Expedition. Mountain Press
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0878424776/qid=1099110433/sr=1-3/ref=sr_1_3/102-3100133-1800164?v=glance&s=books

The journal Economic Botany has many articles that might be useful:
http://www.econbot.org/home.html

Ethnobotanical Leaflets is a useful free web journal with plant articles:
http://www.siu.edu/~ebl/

California Rare Fruit Growers crop fact sheets:
http://www.crfg.org/fg/xref/descr.html

There are many other informative websites on economic uses/impacts of 
plants:

A zillion uses for corn:
http://www.ontariocorn.org/classroom/products.html

Osage orange, a Lewis and Clark introduction used as living barbed wire 
for a few decades:
http://www.gpnc.org/osage.htm
http://www.smithsonianmag.si.edu/smithsonian/issues04/mar04/lc.html

Carboniferous plants:
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/carboniferous/carboniferous.html
http://www.palaeos.com/Plants/Paleozoic_Plants.htm

Date Palm:
http://agronomy.ucdavis.edu/gepts/pb143/CROP/Date/Date.htm

Taxus and Taxol:
http://ohioline.osu.edu/sc150/

Invasive Plants:
http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/ [facts sheets on many species]
http://www.invasiveplants.net/invasiveplants/biologicalcontrol/default.asp
http://www.weedcenter.org/


David R. Hershey



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