New Ethnobotany Books

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Pohnpei Primary Health Care ManualCSP and the New York Botanical Garden are pleased to announce the publication of two new reference books that we hope will encourage the conservation of plants and their habitats as well as promote sustainable management of plants.

The Pohnpei Primary Health Care Manual: Health Care in Pohnpei, Micronesia, and Traditional Uses of Plants for Health and Healing, developed as a reference for medical professionals and others knowledgeable about the use of plants for healing, combines Western medical knowledge, traditional Pohnpeian botanical remedies, and information about pharmacological efficacy and toxicity. The health conditions featured in this manual were chosen based on the most frequent diagnoses reported by local healers.

The Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, with Local Names and Uses, published by the National Tropical Botanical Garden, features brief descriptions of the 935 vascular plant species found on Pohnpei, including information about their regional names, habitats, statuses, and local ethnobotanical applications. The volume also contains 556 images to facilitate plant identification (one image per genus).

The content of the two books was compiled  through on-going ethnobotanical research beginning in 1998 and involving the Conservation Society of Pohnpei; the Nature Conservancy; FSM Ministry of Health; the Pohnpei State Departments of Lands & Natural Resources, Economic Affairs, and Health Services; Pohnpei State Hospital; the Island Food Community of Pohnpei, College of Micronesia – FSM; the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center, National Tropical Botanical Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University.