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Vibrant color photos of fruits, flowers, leaves, and whole plants made it alluring for rural Amazonians, who appreciated seeing pictures of many of the plants they use to fashion crafts, roofs, food, and medicine. For their part, ecologists and botanists enjoyed the convenience of viewing the fruiting and flowering stages of over 100 tropical species without the nuisance of swatting mosquitos.

Although the book is entitled Plants of the Upper Amazon, many of the plants described are found throughout Amazonia and the Neotropics, and some are naturalized throughout tropical regions worldwide. By selecting many plants, not only those native to upper Amazonia but also those native to Africa, Asia, and Mesoamerica, the authors broaden the book's appeal. Travelers, scientists, and armchair enthusiasts can enjoy information on the botany and uses of globally traded plants, such as avocado, banana, passion fruit, and pineapple, while at the same time learning fascinating details about other, lesser-known fruit, fiber, and medicinal species found only in Amazonia.

Publication Details

  • Published: 1998
  • Publisher: Feline Press,
  • ISBN-10: 0962515078
  • ISBN-13: 9780962515071
  • Dewey Decimal: 581.63
  • ECHO Library: 581.63 CAS