Plant uses

Plants have always provided us with basic needs such as shelter, food, warmth and tools. Many of the traditional uses of plants are restricted and disappearing. The study of plant uses is called Ethnobotany. Projects documenting the uses of plants include:

To increase the usefulness of books about the identification, ecology, propagation and uses of plants by a wide range of non-specialist users we:

  • Use the appropriate local language where possible
  • Use illustrations and photographs to aid identification
  • Work in collaboration with local botanists

Guidebook to trees of Peru.

Richly illustrated guides to the useful trees of Peru written in Spanish.

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