The Baobabs: Pachycauls of Africa, Madagascar and Australia


Previously published in hardcover

Wickens, G. E.



Verlag
Springer Netherlands; Springer Netherland , Oktober 2010
Auflage
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
Einband
Kartoniert / Broschiert
Format
540 S. - Sprache: eng - 236x154x32 mm
Stichworte
Botanik und Pflanzenwissenschaften, Umweltschutz, Agrarwissenschaften, Forstwirtschaft und Waldbau: Praxis und Techniken, Adansonia; AgroMicro; Biology; Eco-phytogeography; Ethnobotany; History; ecology; forest
EAN(s)
9789048176397
9048176395
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.
Preface; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Colour Plates; 1. Historical Background; 2. Famous Baobabs; 3. Folklore and Tradition; 4. Food and Fodder; 5. Human and Veterinary Medicine; 6. Other Uses of the Baobab; 7. Art and Iconography; 8. Baobab Biology; 9. Natural History; 10. Conservation; 11. Cultivation; 12. Taxonomy; 13. Distribution and Ecology; 14. Phytogeography; 15. Unfinished Business; Appendix 1. Vernacular Names; Appendix 2. Economics; Appendix 3. Nutrition; Appendix 4. Forest Mensuration; References; Taxonomic Indexes; Subject Index; Gazetteer

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