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Useful Plant Profiles
I’ll be uploading much more of my own content here as time goes by. For now here are three of my species lists developed in the past year:
High Altitude Species : useful plants for the high-altitude tropics.
Useful Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic USA : east coast USA natives from Philadelphia to Virginia. The “Tallamy” column refers to species identified by Doug Tallamy as particularly good hosts for native caterpillars, an anchor of the food chain.
Colorado plant palette: species for high and dry Colorado, including natives of the prairie and Rocky Mountain regions.
Especies Utiles y Perennes para Mexico: useful perennial species for all of Mexico’s climate types. In Spanish.
See also plant databases
PLANT BOOKS AND PROFILES ONLINE
Food Plants of Papua New Guinea
One of several books for free download, incredible information and many unique species.
Fruits of Warm Climates
Great guide to tropical and subtropical fruits.
Handbook of Energy Crops
Information on biomass and biofuel crops.
Lost Crops of Africa: Grains
Indigenous African grains.
Lost Crops of Africa: Vegetables
Indigenous African vegetables including many perennials like moringa and baobab.
Lost Crops of Africa: Fruits
Indigenous African fruits including wild and cultivated species.
Lost Crops of the Incas
Fabulous guide to the range of Andean food plants, many perennials.
Multipurpose Palms You Can Grow
By the legendary Dr. Frank Martin.
Nitrogen Fixing Tree Factsheets
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
Phenomenal multi-volume set, incredibly useful. Viewable online.
Specialty Crops for Pacific Island Agroforestry
Fantastic downloadable profiles of bamboo, bananas, breadfruit, coconut, moringa, taro, and many more.
Sturtevant’s Edible Plants of the World
This 1919 compendium is a great resource though many scientific names have since changed.
Traditional Food Plants of Kenya
Very well done.
Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands
Fantastic profiles of agroforestry species for the Pacific, including:
Canary nut, coconut, mango, breadfruit, jakfruit, sago, nitrogen fixing species, and much more.
The Tree Against Hunger: Enset-Based Agricultural Systems in Ethiopia
Covers this remarkable perennial carbohydrate crop.
Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture
A classic foundation of permaculture, including many species profiles.