Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses
Author: Dennis G. Fowler. 298pp. 295 x 210mm. Paperback, ISBN 9781842462126, Kew Publishing 2007.
An essential reference for any botanist working in Zambia, this comprehensive list of vernacular plant names is not only cross-referenced to the most up to date scientific nomenclature, but also comprises the most comprehensive review of the uses of Zambian plants ever published.
'This book will be of great value to a wide range of people, including botanists, conservationists, foresters, agriculturalists, ethnopharmacologists, teachers, students and those interested in lexicography.' Gary L. Stafford, South African Journal of Botany, 2009
After reading history at Oxford and theology at London, Dennis Fowler became a Methodist minister in 1952. He and his wife Ena worked for eight years as missionaries in Zambia, mainly with the Ila people on the Kafue Flats. His interest in ethnobotany was first aroused by his discovery that the Ila language has over 740 words for trees and shrubs. He also wanted to help in the search for a cheap local cure for malaria, having himself suffered badly from the disease.
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