Field Guide to the Rattans of Africa

Field Guide to the Rattans of Africa

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Field Guide to the Rattans of Africa

Africa's rattans are the basis for many rural crafts and economies and urban based industries, and have the potential to become a major crop on the world markets as a non-timber forest crop.
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Africa's rattans are the basis for many rural crafts and economies and urban based industries, and have the potential to become a major crop on the world markets as a non-timber forest crop. Written for the worker in the field, whether scientist, forester or farmer, Field Guide to the Rattans of Africa is a simple easy to use guide to all 22 species found in Africa, their ecology and distribution, and their sustainable management.



Species descriptions are based largely on leaf and stem characteristics - not flowers and fruits - and are extensively illustrated with more than 120 colour photographs, meticulous line drawings and distribution maps.



Colloquial, vernacular and common names are included, with notes on local uses, trade and conservation status. And to aid the botanist collecting specimens, some very practical advice on handling plants for the herbaria is included.



'The book is much more than just a tool for plant taxonomists. It is a beautifully illustrated invaluable resource for all with an interest in the economic botany of the tropical forests of Africa.' J. Van Valkenburg, EdJBot 65, July 2008



'Since rattans are so widely used and have further potential for commercialisation this book should be of considerable use to both ethnobotanists and development agency workers.' Ghillean Prance. Plant Talk, December 2007

Additional Info

Additional Info

  1. Author: Terry C.H. Sunderland
  2. 68pp. 234 x 156mm. 120 colour photographs. Line drawings, distribution maps. Paperback
  3. ISBN 9781842461808
  4. Kew Publishing, 2007

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