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Woody Plants of Western African Forests

A Guide to the Forest Trees, Shrubs and Lianes from Senegal to Ghana

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Woody Plants of Western African Forests

A Guide to the Forest Trees, Shrubs and Lianes from Senegal to Ghana

A guide to the identification of all the woody plants (c. 2,250 species in 740 genera) of the forest region of West Africa called ’Upper Guinea’, between Togo and Senegal. Upper Guinea is one of the world’s most important centres of biodiversity, from the mountain forests of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, to the lowland evergreen, and semideciduous forests widespread also in Ghana and Ivory Coast. This comprehensively illustrated guide will play a vital supportive role in the challenge of sustainable development within the forest region of West Africa, helping to promote best practice in the management of its plants and forests.

1,040 pages | 2,600 color plates, 2,600 line drawings | © 2006  

Biological Sciences: Botany


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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgements

Introduction
Species covered
A note on our habit categories
Accuracy and choice of characters used
Fieldwork, tools of your trade and collection of specimens
Introduction to Forest types
Biogeographic variation
Map 1
Bibliography and other sources of information
Map 2
How to use the guide

The species
Primary keys to groups: where to starts?

A Magnoliales, Ericales

B Malpighiales I (non-glandular)

C Malpighiales 2 (glandular)

D Urticales

E Malvales

F Santalales, Brassicales, Icacinaceae

G Dioscoreales, Piperales

H Cucurbitaceae, Passifloraceae, Vitaceae climbers

I Asterales, Solanales

J Lamiales

K Myrtales (except Combretaceae)

L Gentianales

M Rubiaceae

N Rhamnaceae to Celastraceae

O Apiales to Sapindales

P Leguminosae: The Legumes

Q Ferns to Monocots

R Cross-cutting groups, glossary and indexes

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