The five volumes contain entries listed in alphabetical order.
Umberto Quattrocchi earned his first degree in political science from the University of Palermo. He followed this achievement with an M.D., specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. In 1992, he retired from the practice of medicine to pursue his studies in botany across the world and is teaching as a professor of botany at the University of Palermo. Highly prolific, Quattrocchi has numerous political and botanical books and articles to his credit, including those on plants and gardening that have been published in Hortus and The Garden. In 1997, he received the prestigious Hanbury Botanical Garden Award promoted by the Premio Grinzane Cavour for his book Piante Rustiche Tropicali. He received a second Hanbury Award for the bestselling CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. He is a member of the International Dendrology Society, the Royal Horticultural Society, and the Botanical Society of America. He is also an elected Fellow of the world-renowned Linnean Society.
"With almost 4000 pages of detailed scholarship, any academic,
scientist, or layperson interested in medicinal plants owes a
moment of appreciation to the tireless genius of Umberto
Quattrocchi. The creation of these five impressive volumes is the
product of a singular talent, an admirably obsessive and passionate
mind. ... CRC also must be recognized for supporting such a massive
endeavor and trusting Quattrocchi's process. ... And while the
large price tag is justified for such a specialized, complete, and
useful set of books, the electronic format makes this collection
especially valuable. A dictionary so replete with facts and
references needs to be completely searchable to meet the full
extent of its usefulness. ... Admittedly, this type of reference
book is not intended to be the last word on every economically
useful species, but it is an unparalleled starting place-a tool of
first resort for any thoughtful researcher. Quattrocchi and CRC
have delivered a dictionary like no other, a learned finger
pointing in the right direction."
-John de la Parra, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from Economic Botany, Vol. 68, 2014