Plant resources of South-East Asia. No. 3. Dye and tannin-producing plants.
This book represents the 3rd volume of the Prosea (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Handbook. The introduction discusses the choice of species described in this volume, the definition and chemistry of dyes and tannins, and the history and roles of vegetable dyes and tannins, their botany and the prospects for their production. The main part of the book consists of monographs on 49 species, each giving details of synonyms, vernacular names, origin and geographic distribution, uses, production and international trade, properties, plant morphology (with line drawings), growth and development, ecology, propagation and planting, husbandry, diseases and pests, harvesting, yield, handling after harvest, prospects and literature sources. Brief details are also given for a further 38 minor dye and tannin-producing plant species. Dye and tannin-producing plants with other primary uses (timber, ornamental plants, essential oils, medicinal plants etc.) are listed in alphabetical order of botanical name. The book also has a glossary, and indexes of scientific and vernacular plant names, followed by a description of the Prosea Programme.