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 SunflowerClick here to go one level up in the directory.