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This guide is a list of “good reads” – books and essay recommendations from botanists to students and adult learners.
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Here are some subject headings to use when searching library catalogs:

  • Ethnobotany - popular works
  • Medicinal plants - History
  • Poisonous plants - History
  • Plant collectors
  • Botany - History

 

Medicine & Poison

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Basic Illustrated Poisonous and Psychoactive Plants - Jim Meuninck
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780762791903
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
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Common Poisonous Plants and Mushrooms - Nancy J. Turner; Patrick von Aderkas
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780881929294
Publication Date: 2009-04-29
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Dangerous Garden - David C. Stuart
Call Number: QK99 .S929
ISBN: 067401104X
Publication Date: 2004-05-14

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Handbook of Medicinal Herbs - James A. Duke
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780849312847
Publication Date: 2002-06-27
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International Poisonous Plants Checklist - D. Jesse Wagstaff
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9781420062526
Publication Date: 2008-07-07
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Medicine Quest - Mark J. Plotkin
Call Number: QK99 .P72 2000
ISBN: 0670869376
Publication Date: 2000-04-03

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Plants As Food, Fuel, and Medicine - Julie K. Lundgren
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9781618101020
Publication Date: 2012-08-01
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Wicked Plants - Amy Stewart; Briony Morrow-Cribbs (Illustrator); Jonathon Rosen (Drawings by)
Call Number: QK100.A1 S74 2009
ISBN: 9781565126831
Publication Date: 2009-05-21

 

Flowers

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100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names - Diana Wells; Ippy Patterson (Illustrator)
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9781565121386
Publication Date: 1997-01-02
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A Contemplation upon Flowers - Bobby J. Ward; Anne Lovejoy (Foreword by)
Call Number: QK83 .W256
ISBN: 0881924695
Publication Date: 1999-08-15

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Ecology and Evolution of Flowers - Lawrence D. Harder (Editor); Spencer C. H. Barrett (Editor)
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780198570851
Publication Date: 2007-02-03
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Flower Confidential - Amy Stewart
Call Number: SB443.3 .S74 2007
ISBN: 1565126033
Publication Date: 2008-03-18

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Flowers - William C. Burger
Call Number: QK45.2 .B87 2006
ISBN: 1591024072
Publication Date: 2006-05-01

 

Ethnobotany and Human-Pant Relationships

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Botanical Companions - Frieda E. Knobloch; Wayne Franklin (Foreword by)
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780877459200
Publication Date: 2005-01-01
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Braiding Sweetgrass - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9781571313355
Publication Date: 2013-10-15
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In the Shadow of Slavery - Judith A. Carney; Richard Nicholas Rosomoff
Call Number: E29.N3 C375 2009
ISBN: 9780520257504
Publication Date: 2010-01-27
In the Shadow of Slavery’ explores the wealth of plantlife brought to the Americas by slaves & slave ships as provisions, medicines, cordage & bedding, & afterwards cultivated in garden plots. These included coffee, watermelon & okra, as well as the constituents of many well known products.

Contents: Food and the African past -- African plants on the move -- African food crops and the Guinea trade -- African food and the Atlantic crossing -- Maroon subsistence strategies -- The Africanization of plantation food systems -- Botanical gardens of the dispossessed -- Guinea’s plants and European empire -- African animals and grasses in the New World tropics -- Memory dishes of Africa’s botanical legacy.

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Of Plants and People - Charles B. Heiser
Call Number: SB107 .H473
ISBN: 0806124105
Publication Date: 1992-03-15

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Plants, People and Culture - Michael J. Balick; Paul Alan Cox
Call Number: SB107 .B186
ISBN: 0716750619
Publication Date: 1996-04-01

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Seeds of Change - Henry Hobhouse
Call Number: SB107 .H683
ISBN: 1593760493
Publication Date: 2005-11-22

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The Botany of Desire - Michael Pollan
Call Number: QK46.5 .H85 P771 2001
ISBN: 0375501290
Publication Date: 2001-05-08

 

Botany & Nature

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A Natural History of Ferns - Robbin Craig Moran; Robbin C. Moran; Oliver Sacks (Foreword by)
Call Number: SB429 .M829
ISBN: 0881926671
Publication Date: 2004-10-15

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Bizarre Botanicals - Larry Mellichamp; Paula Gross
Call Number: SB454.3.R37 M45 2010
ISBN: 9781604690767
Publication Date: 2010-10-13
how to grow string-of-hearts, jack-in-the-pulpit, panda ginger, and other weird and wonderful plants.

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Botany for Gardeners - Brian Capon
Call Number: QK50 .C36 2010
ISBN: 9781604690958
Publication Date: 2010-05-21

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Gathering Moss - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Call Number: QK537 .K49
ISBN: 0870714996
Publication Date: 2003-03-01

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Guide to Information Sources in the Botanical Sciences - Elisabeth B. Davis; Diane Schmidt
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9781563080753
Publication Date: 1995-12-15
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Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms - Richard Fortey
Call Number: QL434 .F67 2012
ISBN: 0307263614
Publication Date: 2012-04-10

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In Praise of Plants - Francis Hallé (Illustrator); David Lee (Translator, Foreword by)
Call Number: QK45.2 .H174
ISBN: 0881925500
Publication Date: 2002-08-26

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Linnaeus' Philosophia Botanica - Stephen Freer (Translator); Linnaeus
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780198569343
Publication Date: 2005-08-11
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Oaxaca Journal - Oliver Sacks
Call Number: QK525 .O12 S23 2002
ISBN: 0792265211
Publication Date: 2002-03-01

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The Forest Unseen - David George Haskell
Call Number: QH 105 .T2 H37 2012
ISBN: 9780670023370
Publication Date: 2012-03-15
In this wholly original book, biologist David Haskell uses a one- square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature's path through the seasons, he brings the forest and its inhabitants to vivid life.

Each of this book's short chapters begins with a simple observation: a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter; the first blossom of spring wildflowers. From these, Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology and ecology, explaining the science that binds together the tiniest microbes and the largest mammals and describing the ecosystems that have cycled for thousands- sometimes millions-of years. Each visit to the forest presents a nature story in miniature as Haskell elegantly teases out the intricate relationships that order the creatures and plants that call it home


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What a Plant Knows - Daniel Chamovitz
Call Number: QK50 .C45 2012
ISBN: 9780374288730
Publication Date: 2012-05-22

 

More Books in the McLean Library

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Apples - Browning, Frank
Call Number: SB363 .B885
ISBN: 0865475377

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The Forgotten Pollinators - Stephen L. Buchmann; Gary P. Nabhan; Paul Mirocha (Illustrator)
Call Number: QK926 .B919
ISBN: 1559633522
Publication Date: 1996-05-01

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A Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold; Charles W. Schwartz (Illustrator); Robert Finch (Introduction by)
Call Number: QH81 .L56 1987
ISBN: 019505928X
Publication Date: 1989-06-15

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Sex in Your Garden - Angela Overy
Call Number: QK827 .O96
ISBN: 1555913350
Publication Date: 1997-01-06

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The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollan
Call Number: GT2850.P771 2006
ISBN: 1594200823
Publication Date: 2006-04-11

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Plant Collectors

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A Rich Spot of Earth - Peter J. Hatch; Alice Waters (Foreword by)
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780300171143
Publication Date: 2012-04-24
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A Rum Affair - Karl Sabbagh
Call Number: QK31 .H39 S23 2000
ISBN: 0374252823
Publication Date: 2000-07-01

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America's Botanical Beauty - James L. Reveal
Call Number: QK21 .R449
ISBN: 1563730022
Publication Date: 1992-10-01

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America's Romance with the English Garden - Thomas J. Mickey
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780821420355
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
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Herbarium - Ashley Hay; Robyn Stacey
Call Number: eBook
ISBN: 9780521842778
Publication Date: 2004-10-18
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The Brother Gardeners - Andrea Wulf
Call Number: SB61.W85 2009
ISBN: 9780307270238
Publication Date: 2009-03-31

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The Orchid Thief - Susan Orlean
Call Number: SB61 .O75 2000
ISBN: 044900371X
Publication Date: 2000-01-04

 

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