Here are the LISTS OF NATIVE AMERICAN PLANTS that were brought in
ancient times from America to various places around the Pacific. There
are 36 ITEMS here altogether.


NATIVE AMERICAN PLANTS FOUND IN POLYNESIA. Complete list (29 items,
including some new ones):

Achira
Ageratum (used for ornaments)
Argemone (medicinal plant)
Aristida (used for head-ornaments)
Bottle gourd (Lagenaria)
Cashew (Anacardium)
Chili pepper (Capsicum)
Cotton (Gossypium)
Cyperus vegetus (edible roots)
Heliconia (fibre plant)
Husk-tomato (Physalis peruviana, Cape gooseberry, Haw. poha)
Lycium carolinianum (edible berries)
Maho (Hibiscus tiliaceus)
Manioc
Papaya
Pineapple 
Polygonum acuminatum (fresh-water medicinal plant).
Small tomato (Solanum Zycopersicum/Lycopersicon esculentum)
Soapberry (Sapindus saponaria)
Soursop (Annona muricata)
Sweet potato (Ipomoea)
Taro (Xanthosoma atrovirens)
Tobacco
Yam (Dioscorea; this one is still disputed)
Yam-bean (Pachyrrhizus)

[Additional unverified claims:]

Arrowroot (this one was discussed, but evidence may be insufficient)
Frangipani (Plumeria acuminata, perfume and medicinal)
Lab-lab beans
Mimosa pudica (medicinal)


STRONGEST CLAIMS FOR POLYNESIA (11 altogether):

Chili pepper (Capsicum)
Cotton (Gossypium)
Husk-tomato (Physalis peruviana, Cape gooseberry, Haw. poha)
Manioc
Papaya
Pineapple 
Small tomato (Solanum Zycopersicum/Lycopersicon esculentum)
Sweet potato (Ipomoea)
Taro (Xanthosoma atrovirens)
Tobacco
Yam-bean (Pachyrrhizus)


SPECIES WITH A WIDER PACIFIC DISTRIBUTION. These American plants are
attested in precolumbian period as far as China and India (7 items):

Custard apple (Annona reticulata)
Grain amaranth (Thompson:135)
Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis
Jack-bean, or sword-bean (Canavalia sp., possibly also attested in
		Polynesia)
Lima-bean (P. lunatus)
Maize
Sunflower


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