Economic Botany

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 12–28 | Cite as

What is economic botany?

  • G. E. Wickens


The history of economic botany is briefly discussed. Economic plants are defined as those plants utilized either directly or indirectly for the benefit of Man. Indirect usage includes the needs of Man’s livestock and the maintenance of the environment; the benefits may be domestic, commercial, environmental, or aesthetic. The relationships between economic botany, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, and ethnobotany are discussed as well as the regional approaches to economic botany around the world and by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in particular.


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Queue est Botanique Economiquc?


La hisioire de hotanique économique est discuté brièvemnente. Les plantes économiques sont definit comme ces plantes qui sont utiles directement ou indirectement pour Ia profit de l’Ilomme. Usage mdirectement coimprendit les nécessités des animnaux domestiques et le conservation de I’environ nement; les profits pourait etre domnestiques, coin mercials, environmnentals, ou esthétiques. Les relations entre hotanique économnique, agriculture, aboriculture, horticulture, et éthnobotanique sont discuté comine aussi les approches regionales à hotanique économique autour du monde et particulierment dans les Jardins botaniques rovals de Kew.


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  1. 1.Economic and Conservation SectionRoyal Botanic GardensKewUK

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