Seeds of Change by H. Hobhouse

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

Do you have a list of plants you plan to discuss? 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

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.]

Li, Hui-Lin 1996. Shade and Ornamental Trees: Their Origins and History. 
University of Pennsylvania Press.

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]

Heiser, Charles B., Jr. 1987. The fascinating world of the nightshades: 
Tobacco, Mandrake, Potato, Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant, Etc. New York: 
Dover Publications.

McPhee, John. 1975. Oranges. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Simpson, Beryl  and Ogorzaly, Molly. 2000. Economic Botany: Plants in 
our World. NY: McGraw-Hill. [A college economic botany text.]

Lewington, Anna. 1990. Plants for People. NY: Oxford University Press. 
[A coffee table book on economic botany.]

Foster, Nelson and  Cordell, Linda S. 1992. Chilies to Chocolate: Food 
the Americas Gave the World. University of Arizona Press

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

The journal Economic Botany has many articles that might be useful:

Ethnobotanical Leaflets is a useful free web journal with plant articles:

California Rare Fruit Growers crop fact sheets:

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

A zillion uses for corn:

Osage orange, a Lewis and Clark introduction used as living barbed wire 
for a few decades:

Carboniferous plants:

Date Palm:

Taxus and Taxol:

Invasive Plants: [facts sheets on many species]

David R. Hershey

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