Field Guide to the Rattans of Africa
Author: Terry C.H. Sunderland. 68pp. 234 x 156mm. 120 colour photographs. Line drawings, distribution maps. Paperback, ISBN 9781842461808, Kew Publishing 2007.
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
Terry Sunderland is a graduate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Universities of Oxford and London. He was based in Africa for 15 years working for a wide range of international research and development organisations and has recently moved to Indonesia as a Senior Scientist for the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), where his main focus is research on the synergies and trade-offs between conservation and development in developing countries. Terry has published extensively on forest products and wider conservation and development issues.
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