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Members of Euphorbiaceae in primitive and advanced societies
- SCHULTES, R.E.
- Botanical journal of the Linnean Society 1987 v.94 no.1-2 pp. 79-95
- Hevea, Manihot, cassava, crops, humans, people, rubber, society, staple foods, tropical foods, tropics
- Members of Euphorbiaceae in primitive and advanced societies. The family contains a number of species used by man in a wide variety of ways. Often use is restricted to a small group of people, but in a few instances the plant has been a major crop and the product used throughout the world, e.g. Hevea, which yields rubber, used extensively in every civilized country. Cassava from Manihot is almost as widespread, being one of the staple foods of tropical regions. Species with more occasional use have constituents with interesting properties of potential future economic application.