Medicinal Plant Books

The Cross Name Index to Medicinal Plants in four volumes.

Author - Anthony R. Torkelson, Ph.D.

Researchers of medicinal plants often find unfamiliar references to herbs when reading through ethnobotanical literature. Very often, they are familiar with the plant but not with the name used in a given context. This book eliminates the time-consuming task of further research by providing 28,000 common names of medicinal plants in a single source.
International in scope, this unique reference allows matching of scientific and common names through a comprehensive cross index. The first volume is organized alphabetically by scientific name while the other two volumes are a cross index by common name. Phylum, order, and family are also provided as well as the language of the common name which helps to identify its geographic location.

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Books by Michael Moore MEDICINAL PLANTS OF THE MOUNTAIN WEST (1979) MEDICINAL PLANTS of the DESERT and CANYON WEST (1989) LOS REMEDIOS: Traditional Herbal Remedies of the Southwest

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Medicinal Plants & Ethnobotany of India Medicinal Plants & Ethnobotany of India. A selection of books on Medicinal Plants published in India. A long list: you can order here.

ETHNOBOTANY: NATIVE AMERICAN  PLANTS AND HERBS Descriptions of books, with links to

Favorites from my Library

Huang, K. C., The Phamacology of Chinese Herbs, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1993.

Quisumbing, E., Medicinal Plants of the Philippines, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Technical Bulletin 16, Manila 1951.

von Reis, S. and Lipp, F. J. , Jr., New Plant Sources for Drugs and Foods from The NewYork Botanical Garden Herbarium, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1982.

Tetenyi, P., Infraspecific Chemical Taxa of Medicinal Plants, Chemical Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1970.

Terrell, E. E., A Checklist of Names for 3,000 Vascular Plants of Economic Importance, United States Department of Agriculture Handbook No. 505, 1977.

Watt, J. M., and Breyer-Brandwijk, M. G., The Medicinal and Poisonous Plants of Southern and Eastern Africa, 2nd Ed., E. & S. Livinstone Ltd., Edinburgh, 1962.

Martinez, M., Las Plantas Medicinales de Mexico, 2nd Ed., Ediciones Botas, Mexico City 1939.

Budavari, S., Ed., The Merck Index, 11th Ed., Merck & Co., Rahway, 1989.

Gibbs, R. D., Chemotaxonomy of Flowering Plants, Vols I - IV, McGills-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 1974.

Johnson, Laurence, A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America, William Wood & Co., New York, 1884.

Ghazanfar, S. A., Handbook of Arabian Medicinal Plants, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 1994.

Nunez Melendez, E., Plantas Medicinales de Puerto Rico, Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, 1982.

Parker, J., Mil Plantas y Yerbas Medicinales de America, Editorial "Utilidad y Cultura," Mexico City, 1953.

Alvarez Gonzales, P., Yerbas Medicinales, El Libro Espanol, Mexico City, 1963.

Wren, R. C., Potter's New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Drugs and Preparations,Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., London, 1956.

Chiej, R., Guia de Plantas Medicinales, Grijalbo, Barcelona, 1983.

Nunez Melendez, E., Plantas Medicinales de Costa Rica y su Folclore, 2nd Ed., Editorial Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, 1978.

Hocking, G. M., A Dictionary of Terms in Pharmacognosy, Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, 1955.

Blohm, H., Poisonous Plants of Venezuela, Wissenschaftlich Verlagsgesellschaft M.B.H., Stuttgart, 1962.

Bianchini, F., Corbetta, F. and Pistoia, M., Le Piante della Salute, Arnoldo Mondadori, Milano, 1984.

Pierre-Noel, A. V., Nomenclature Polyglotte des Plantes Haitiennes et Tropicales, Presses Nationales d'Haiti, Port-au-Prince, 1971.

Gomez Pamo, J. R., Tratado de Materia Farmaceutica Vegetal, Nicolas Moya, Madrid, 1893.

Hale, E. M., Homropathic Materia Medica of the New Remedies, 2nd Ed., Edwin A. Lodge, Detroit, 1867.

Osol, A. and Farrar, G., The Dispensatory of the United States of America, 25th Ed., J. B. Lippincott, Philadelphia, 1955.

Balbach, A., A Flora Nacional na Medicina Domestica, Vol. I & II, 4th Ed., Edicoes "a Edificacao do Lar" (EDEL), Sao Paulo, 1980.

de Grosourdy, D. R., El Medico Botanico Criollo, Vol I, Libreria de Francisco Bracet, Paris, 1864.

Rengade, D., Las Plantas que Curan y las Plantas que Matan, Montaner y Simon, Barcelona, 1887.

Font Quer, P., Plantas Medicinales--el Dioscorides Renovado, Editorial Labor, S. A., Barcelona, 1976.

Colmeiro, M., Diccioario de los Diversos Nombres Vulgares de Muchas Plantas Usuales o Notables del Antuguo y Nuevo Mundo, Imprenta de Gabriel Alhambra, 1871.

Palza S., E., Catalogo de las Plantas Medicinales mas Usuales de Bolivia y Chile, con Algunas del Ecuador, Unpublished Manuscript.

Hernandez, F., Historia Natural de Nueva Espana, Edition of Universidad Nacional de Mexico, Mexico City, 1959.

Flores, L., Datos para la Materia Medica Mexicana, Pt. 4., Secretaria de Fomento, Mexico City, 1907.

Sarkis Saeed, A. and ML. Campos, V. M., Medicamentos Populares, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, 1955.

Pittier, H., Plantas Usuales de Costa Rica, Editorial Costa Rica, San Jose, 1978.

Chopra, R. N., Nayar, S. L., and Chopra, I. C., Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, 1956.

Roys, R. L., The Ethno-botany of the Maya, Tulane University , New Orleans, 1931.

Roig y Mesa, J. T., Planta Medicinales Aromatical o Venenosas de Cuba, Republica de Cuba, Ministerio de Agricultura, Havana, 1945.

Fernald, M. L., Gray's Manual of Botany, American Book Company, New York, 1950.

Emmart, E. W., The Badianus Manuscript (Codex Barberini, Latin 241, an Aztec Herbal of 1552), The Johns Hopkins Press, 1940.

Foster, S. and Duke, J. A., A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants, Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Grieve, M., A Modern Herbal, Vol. 1 and 2, Dover, New York, 1971.

Pompa, G., Medicamentos Indigenas, Editorial America, S. A., Miami, 1969.

Lezaeta Acharan, M., La Medicina Natural al Alcance de Todos, Editorial Pax, Mexico City, 1956.

Quiros Calvo, M., Botanica Aplicada a la Farmacia, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, 1945.

Martinez, M., Catalogo de Nombres Vulgares y Cientificos de Plantas Mexicanas, Ediciones Botas, Mexico City, 1937.