Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
This ethno-botanical and horticultural monograph is the first full taxonomic revision of Brugmansia, a genus in the Solanaceae family and the most potent and culturally important of South American psychoactive enthogenic plants. It is used extensively in religious and spiritual ceremonies in shamanic cultures, and it is also a spectacularly beautiful garden plant.
424 pages | 448 color plates, 8 halftones, 8 maps | 11 x 9 | © 2012
Biological Sciences: Botany
"I searched for ages for the single right adjective to describe this book—an almost impossible task, it is so lovely. Sumptuous about does it . . . this book is a tour de force—chock full of information, beautifully illustrated, meticulously referenced."
Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society
“With elegant prose, building on detailed research in the literature and in the field, this beautiful book engagingly dispels the confusion surrounding the taxonomy of this remarkable group of plants. It not only brings current knowledge together in a refreshingly original way but also—just as importantly—points up what we still do not understand about the biology of these enigmatic plants.”
David Mabberley, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney
Table of Contents
Part 1: Botany
1. Sacrament and Medicine
4. Natural History
Part 2: Horticulture
7. Diseases and Pests
Appendix 1: Register of Brugmansia Cultivar Names
Appendix 2: Nomenclatural Notes on Brugmansia Cultivar Names