The first edition of the Wealth of India - Raw Materials Series, comprising 11 volumes and two supplements dealing with the Indian raw material resources of plant, animal and mineral origin, was welcomed by scientists and others, both in India and outside, as an important landmark and an outstanding and unique reference work of its kind. The present volume contains in capsule form the salient information on economic plants dealt with in The Wealth of India volumes.
While the book is mainly based on the first edition of The Wealth of India, Raw Materials, information has also been drawn for some entries from the Dictionary of Economic Plants by J.C. Th. Uphof, and the Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants and its supplements by R.N. Chopra, S.L. Nayar, and I.C. Chopra. Drafts of some of the articles beginning with alphabets A & B from the revised series of The Wealth of India, were also consulted and updated in some cases. Purely ornamental plants have been excluded, while the composite articles on Algae, Bamboos, Fungi and Lichens in The Wealth of India have been split up into their individual genera and dealt with at their proper places in the alphabetical order. For the convenience of the users cross-reference of all botanical synonyms have been provided in italics.
The Useful Plants of India is thus a birds-eye view of The Wealth of India, and condenses within about 916 pages (text-705 pages and Index-211 pages), information on nearly 5,000 plant species described in the base publication. The plants are mentioned in alphabetical sequence of their botanical names along with their families. Names in Indian languages, common English names, and regional and trade names are provided for each plant dealt with. The comprehensive index comprising names in Indian languages, common English names, and regional and trade names, appended to the volume, add to the utility of the volume. The information contained in this volume will be useful to research workers, students, and laymen alike.
(K Kashyapa & Ramesh Chand)
Price (1986): Rs. 500