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Jamaican plants

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Food

Most of the food plants Sloane described are still grown and eaten today. Find out what he said, and what he couldn't stomach.

 
Medicine

As a doctor, Sloane was keen to learn as much as he could about local herbal remedies. Compare what he found with what traditional herbalists use today.

 
Construction

Plants have been used to build with ever since our ancestors settled down. Find out which Jamaican trees give the best timber and roofing.

 
Clothing

Fibres from plants such as cotton and hemp are used to make clothes, but which Jamaican plants are used? Find out by browsing these plants.

 
Cosmetics

From lotions to lipstick, Jamaica's plants provide wonderful ingredients. Explore some unusual uses by selecting a plant below.

 
Other

Plant products are as important today as they were in Sloane's time. Explore some unusual uses by selecting a plant below.

 
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