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Authors: John Dransfield, Henk Beentje, Adam Britt, Tianjanahary Ranarivelo, and Jéréie Rzafitsalama.
ISBN-10: 1-84246-157-5 (1842461575)
ISBN-13: 978-1-84246-157-0 (9781842461570)
Language: English
No. of Pages: 172
Dimensions: 162mm x 240mm x 12mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 988
Shelving Location: Natural History: Flora
Estimated Value: £25.00
Purchase Date: 31 March 2007
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Field Guide to the Palms of Madagascar

First Edition
Kew Publishing (2006).
Hardcover Book

A guide to more than a hundred of Madagascar's 164 or so native palm species (almost all of which are endemic) with over 180 colour photographs and numerous line illustrations as well as distribution maps for each species covered. The guide is geared towards identification in the field.

Text from the Back Cover

Madagascar is one of the world's great palm diversity hotspots. Around 164 species occur, and nearly all of these are restricted to the island. Many of these palms are utilized by rural communities for a wide range of uses. Field Guide to the Palms of Madagascar is the first guide to help identify plant groups of Madagascar; enabling field workers, conservationists, students and horticulturalists to identify palms to species level. This detailed and richly illustrated book is also an invaluable resource for everyone interested in the extraordinary biodiversity of this fantastic country.

  • Describes and illustrates all the important palms of Madagascar
  • Provides keys and visual aids to help identification
  • Extensively illustrated with photos, line drawings and maps
  • An invaluable reference for field workers, conservationists, students and horticulturalists

About the Authors from the Back Cover

John Dransfield is a leading specialist in the systematics and uses of palms and has wide field experience. From 1975 to 2005 he was head of palm research at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and he is author of many publications on palms.

Henk Beentje is a botanist with substantial field experience in Africa. He is co-author, with John Dransfield, of the monograph The Palms of Madagascar (1995) and has been on many field trips in Madagascar.

Adam Britt is a biologist with considerable field experience in Madagascar, mostly studying the Black and White Ruffed Lemur. Between 2000 and 2004 he worked with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on the Threatened Plants Appeal project.

Tianjanahary Ranarivelo is a botanist employed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in their office in Antananarivo. She has worked on Kew's Threatened Plants Appeal project.

Jérémie Razafitsalama is a botanist employed by Missouri Botanic Garden's office in Madagascar. He has a particular interest in palms and has collaborated with Kew botanists in Madagascar.

Contents

  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgements
  • How to use this book
  • Glossary
  • Key to genera
  • Species treatments
    • Phoenix
    • Borassus
    • Hyphaene
    • Bismarckia
    • Satranala
    • Raphia
    • Ravenea
    • Orania
    • Dypsis
    • Lemurophoenix
    • Masoala
    • Marojejya
    • Beccariophoenix
    • Voanioala
    • Cocos
    • Elaeis
  • References
  • Further reading
  • Index of local names
  • Index of scientific names

Notes

  • This work is also published in Malagasy.

Condition of Item

Fine.

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