This is the only comprehensive account of all eight species in the genus Adansonia. It describes the historical background from the late Roman period to the present. It covers the extraordinary variety of economic uses of baobabs. There are also appendices on vernacular names, gazetteer, economics, nutrition and forest mensuration. This book fills a gap in the botanical literature. It deals with a genus that has fascinated and intrigued scientists and lay persons for centuries.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 498
Weight: 968 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 26 mm
Edition: 2008 ed.
From the reviews:
"In this volume, Wickens and Lowe (both, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK) provide a very comprehensive, technical summary of the genus, including the current state of botanical understanding ... and the associated fauna and their use of the trees. ... It ends with 55 pages of references and both taxonomic and subjects indexes. ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and faculty audiences." (D. Dreyer, Choice, Vol. 46 (4), December, 2008)
"Baobabs are iconic trees of Africa, Madagascar and N.W. Australia ... . The book is divided into 15 chapters. In `Historical background' all records are reviewed ... . This book is an invaluable resource of baobab knowledge." (Colin C. Walker, Bradleya, Vol. 27, 2009)
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