Featured topic: Ethnobotany

The study of useful plants is an ancient discipline, but the term ethnobotany to indicate a sepa- rate and distinct branch of the natural sciences did not come into use until 1895. It is, by defini- tion, interdisciplinary, drawing from botany, medicine, anthropology, religion, religion, history, pharmacology, phytochemistry and conservation and the books we offer reflect this wide range of disciplines. Although simply listed alphabetically by author, there are many books related to the use of plants in Africa, Hawaii and the Pacific, Asia and the Americas, and others describing the use of psychoactive plants in ancient religions and modern times.