In This Issue
- Conservation of Brazilian Medicinal Plants
- Weeds Gone Wild
- Future Meetings
- New Publications
- Current Literature
By R. DeFilipps
Medicinal Plants of Brazil1 is a synthesis of information on the medicinal and pharmacological utilization of approximately 1,500 species and varieties of plants in 148 families ranging from lichens, ferns and fern allies to gymnosperms and flowering plants. They represent the diverse botanical heritage of an immense nation where, for economic reasons, many of the people cannot fully afford the benefits of healing systems based on Western medicine and expensive pharmaceuticals. Locally available medicinal plants are the answer to immediate health problems in many cases.
A cooperative effort by three Brazilians, Walter Mors (a natural products chemist), Carlos Rizzini (a plant taxonomist) and Nuno Pereira (a pharmacologist), this book distills their decades of experience and research, evidence of which is especially manifested by the inclusion of abundant references to the active chemical constituents and pharmacology of the plants. This "hard core" data is particularly welcomed in books of this nature, and in many instances is derived from literature sources not generally accessible outside of Brazil. Evidence of the many uses of plant-derived medicines may be ascertained by the huge swatches of species listed in the comprehensive Medicinal Index, which was computer-generated as a useful cross-reference for various related illnesses.
Smithsonian Botany staff who participated in the preparation of the book include volume editor R. DeFilipps who also contributed the Foreword; Chairman W.J. Kress who supplied the dust jacket photo of Heliconia angusta; and staff authorities on various plant groups who checked the taxonomy and nomenclature of plants in their areas of specialization: P. Acevedo (Sapindaceae), L. Dorr (Malvaceae, Sterculiaceae), C. Feuillet (Aristolochiaceae), W.J. Kress (Costaceae, Heliconiaceae), D. Lellinger (Ferns, Fern Allies), D. Nicolson (Araceae), J. Pruski (Asteraceae), H. Robinson (Asteraceae), L. Skog (Gesneriaceae) and D. Wasshausen (Acanthaceae).
Two illustrators from the Smithsonian Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Program made significant contributions. For the Foreword, Anna DiCarlo provided drawings of Amerindians of the Bororo, Botocudos, Coeruna, Juri, Jurupixuna, Karaja, Maua, Mauhe, Mayoruna, Mongoyo and Mura tribes. Of the 88 botanical plates, 19 are originals by volunteer Rufus Toomey, and are interspersed among those from other sources including Cecilia Rizzini.
Several aspects of medicinal plants which impinge upon the subject of biological conservation sensu lato are covered in the Foreword: the early (since year 1501) intensive exploitation of the brazilwood (Caesalpinia echinata) forests for red dyewood; the spread of insect vectors of the dreaded skin disease "leishmaniasis" from forests to urban areas due to deforestation of their habitats; a bibliography pertaining to the impact of human activities on the natural environment so as to cause the spread of infectious diseases; and, the knowledge of medicinal plants possessed by Amerindian tribes.
This volume, which is part of a series on Medicinal Plants of the World that now includes treatments for West Africa, West Indies, North Africa, China and India, will be of value to ethnobotanists and ethnopharmacologists; to persons searching for botanical information and likely candidate species prior to gene prospecting; to pharmacologists desiring data on known or potential medicinal species for further investigation; and, to students and teachers interested in the breadth and utilization of plant diversity.
1 Mors, W.B., Rizzini, C.T. and N.A. Pereira. 2000. Medicinal Plants of Brazil. 501 pp. Algonac, Michigan: Reference Publications, Inc.
Legions of alien invaders are silently creeping into the United States and quickly taking over by engulfing our native plants and animals at an alarming rate. Does this plot sound like an episode of the X-Files or Star Trek? Surprisingly enough, the story is not science fiction. Exotic weeds are taking over public lands at the rate of 4,300 acres a day! With facts like those, it's not surprising that invasive alien species are one of the greatest threats to the biological diversity and natural ecosystems of the United States, second only to direct habitat destruction. A war is being waged against invasive alien plant and animal species across the U.S.
Four hundred alien plant species have been identified as a threat to our native flora and fauna as a result of their aggressive, invasive characteristics. Invasive plants reproduce rapidly and their phenomenal growth allows them to overwhelm and displace existing native plants by reducing the availability of light, water, nutrients and space available. These plant intruders can also alter the hydrology, soil chemistry, composition and erodibility, and fire regime of an area.
Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas <http://www.nps.gov/plants/alien/> is a website dedicated to educating the general public, natural resource managers, and other people through general overview information and a growing number of non-technical fact sheets on individual invasive species. Fact sheets include photos, plant descriptions, habitat and background information, methods of reproduction and spread, ecological threats posed by the species, current management practices, alternative native species, and references. The site also offers a compiled list of exotic invasive plants for the entire U.S. and a section on exotic invasives in the news.
Seeds for the Future, a national native wildflower and grass seed production conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on April 19-20, 2001. The demand for regionally adapted native wildflower and native grass seed exceeds the supply, a gap that will widen given the growing interest in restoration of natural habitat, use of native plants, conservation, ecotourism, and recent policy directives at the federal, state and local levels. This conference will highlight the status and needs of the native seed industry as well as those of consumers in the private and public sectors. Issues to be addressed will be of interest to: those involved or interested in producing native seed, farmers seeking alternative crops; agencies at all levels affected by native plant policies; those involved with restoration or mitigation; and commercial and residential developers seeking natural aesthetic solutions. Topics will include: technical information; seed certification and standards; market research; western, midwest, southern, and eastern producers' how-tos shared, and more. This practical conference will also serve to network potential producers/consumers in this emerging market. For registration information, please call Nancy at (850) 922-7206.
Common Names of Mammals of the World, by Don E. Wilson and F. Russell Cole, provides a complete, authoritative list of standardized and unique vernacular English names for all 4,629 of the currently recognized mammal species of the world. It establishes common names for hundreds of mammals that have previously been known only by their Latin binomials. Covering both well-known mammals and many small- to medium-sized species that live in areas where few studies have been conducted, the authors draw extensively on existing literature and on their own expertise to formulate English names that describe a distinctive aspect of each animal's appearance, ecological habits, or geographical distribution. Presented in phylogenetic order, this book's list includes order and family names as well as those of genera and species. Published by Smithsonian Institution Press, Tel: 1-800-782-4612. Available in paperback: ISBN 1-56098-383-3; $19.95. 224 pp.
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