The Desert Date and its Relatives: a revision of the genus Balanites

Martin J. S. Sands

The Desert Date and its Relatives: a revision of the genus Balanites
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Martin J. S. Sands

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

128 pages
Paper $36.00 ISBN: 9781842460283 Published January 2001 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA
The desert date (Balanites aegyptiaca) has been used in Egypt for over 4000 years as a valuable source of oil and medicines. Nine species and 11 infraspecific taxa are described plus one subspecies and two varieties for the first time. There are keys allowing identification of both fertile and vegetative material, 15 full-page line illustrations, 10 distribution maps, indexes to vernacular and scientific names and an extensive bibliography.
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