Plants of the Canoe People: An Ethnobotanical Voyage Through Polynesia

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National Tropical Botanical Garden, 2009 - Nature - 241 pages
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This book is about the useful plants of the Pacific islanders, with special emphasis on plants used by Polynesians. A total of ninety-six plants are included, listed in alphabetical order by scientific name, followed by a paragraph that includes Polynesian names and their origins and the English name if any. Range, habitat, uses of the plant, and a botanical description of the species are also included for each entry.

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Art Whistler was born near Death Valley, California, to which he attributes his early love of plants and vegetation. After receiving a B.A. and an M.A. at the University of California, he served three years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Western Samoa where he taught high school biology. Resuming his schooling, he received a Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Hawai'i in 1979. Since then he has made numerous research trips to Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, and elsewhere in the Pacific, working on the ethnobotany, medicinal plants, and flora of the islands. Currently he is a full time consultant with his company Isle Botanica, and prior to that, he was a botanist with the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Art has published several books on the botany of the Pacific Islands, including "Polynesian Herbal Medicine" (1992), and has written numerous scientific articles on medicinal plants, ethnobotany, and floristics of Polynesia. He is an adjunct associate professor at the Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu.

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