The Baobabs: Pachycauls of Africa, Madagascar and Australia by G.e. WickensThe Baobabs: Pachycauls of Africa, Madagascar and Australia by G.e. Wickens

The Baobabs: Pachycauls of Africa, Madagascar and Australia

byG.e. Wickens

Paperback | October 19, 2010

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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.
Title:The Baobabs: Pachycauls of Africa, Madagascar and AustraliaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:538 pagesPublished:October 19, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9048176395

ISBN - 13:9789048176397

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Table of Contents

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

Editorial Reviews

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)