Jardins Botaniques du Grand Nancy et de l'Université de Lorraine

Tropical plants useful to Man

Tropical plants useful to Man

 

Plant biodiversity is essential to Man’s survival. He uses plants for food, medicine and clothing.
The second greenhouse presents a few species chosen from those grown most heavily in the tropical regions for their many uses, such as: 


-    medicinal plants: Madagascan periwinkle, Florida palm, camphor tree;
-    plants used in cosmetics: Aloe vera;
-    plants used as a colorant: lipstick tree;
-    plants used for food: papaya tree, cocoa bush, banana tree, manioc, rice;
-    plants from which spices are produced: turmeric, pepper tree, all-spice, cinnamon tree, galanga;
-    plants used in industry: hevea (whose latex produces rubber), soapbark tree (from which saponin is extracted to make soap);
-    fibrous plants: ramie, cotton plant, sisal;
-    plants for ritual use in Amazonia: ayahuasca.