Historical Geography of Crop Plants: A Select Roster

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Routledge, Nov 22, 2017 - Science - 320 pages
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.
 

Contents

ANGIOSPERMS
5
Anacardiaceae Sumac Family
14
Asteraceae Compositae Daisy Family
20
Chenopodiaceae Chenopod Family
31
Cucurbitaceae Gourd Family
41
Lagenaria Bottle Gourd
51
Fabaceae Leguminosae Papilionaceae + Caesalpiniaceae
66
Solanum Potato Eggplant and Other Nightshades
145
MONOCOTS
175
Arecaceae Palmae Palm Family
181
GYMNOSPERMS
217
GLOSSARY
238
CONIFERS AND ALLIES
251
Taxodiaceae Redwood Family
264
36
293
51
299

Lycopersicon Tomato
155
Sterculiaceae Cacao Family
161
Vitaceae Grape Family
167

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Sauer, Jonathan D.

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