Catalog of Major African Medicinal Plants

Authored by: Maurice M. Iwu

Handbook of African Medicinal Plants

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9781466571976
eBook ISBN: 9781466571983
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This chapter contains a list of over 2000 plants used in traditional medical practice in Africa. The plants are arranged according to families and listed alphabetically. The modern system of plant classifications as proposed by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG) has been adopted for this edition. In the earlier edition, plants belonging to the large family Leguminosae were listed under the subfamilies Caesalpiniaceae, Mimosaceae, and Paplilionaceae, but they have now been grouped together under the family Leguminosae. Similarly, plants belonging to the family Apocynaceae have been grouped together. Certain plant families have been renamed and others merged for ease of classification. Readers are advised to use the Index of Species, Genera, and Families at the end of the book to search for plants not listed under a familiar family.

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