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Flowering Plants in West Africa - Margaret Steentoft

Flowering Plants in West Africa

Hardcover Published: 24th June 1988
ISBN: 9780521261920
Number Of Pages: 356

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This volume is an account of the flowering plant flora of West Africa south of the Sahara (Gambia-Nigeria inclusive) with the emphasis upon species of ecological or economic importance. The vegetative and reproductive morphological characters, pollination and dispersal mechanisms of representatives of 38 families are described, and these families appear in the same order as in the Flora od West Tropical Africa. The first chapter deals with interspecific relationships (between flowering plant species, and between these and bacteria, fungi and animals), while the second chapter describes the vegetation formed by the flowering plant species of West Africa. Then follow the family chapters, each one ending with a section on the field recognition of its most important species, and a bibliography of the most recent literature, so that further studies may be pursued. This flora should prove to be of value to teachers and students of tropical biology, agriculture, forestry and economic botany.

List of symbols and abbreviations
Species associations
Vegetation in West Africa
Annonaceae - soursop family
Amaranthaceae - amaranth family
Cucurbitaceae - gourd family
Ochnaceae - ironwood family
Combretaceae - afara family
Guttiferae (clusiaceae) - butter tree family
Sterculiaceae - cocoa family
Bombacaceae - silk cotton family
Malvaceae - cotton family
Euphorbiaceae - cassava family
Caesalpiniaceae - pride of Barbados family
Mimosaceae - Acacia family
Papilionaceae - cowpea family
Ulmaceae - afefe family
Moraceae - mulberry family
Meliaceae - mahogany family
Sapindaceae - akee apple family
Anacardiaceae - cashew nut family
Sapotaceae - sheabutternut family
Apocynaceae - frangipani family
Asclepiadaceae - blood flower or milkweed family
Rubiaceae - abura family
Compositae (Asteraceae) - Tridax family
Solanaceae - tomato family
Convolvulaceae - sweet potato family
Bignoniaceae - jacaranda family
Acanthaceae - Thunbergia family
Verbenaceae - teak family
Labiatae (Lamiaceae) - Hausa potato family
Commelinaceae - day flower family
Zingiberaceae - ginger family
Marantaceae - (West Indian) arrowroot family
Liliaceae - lily family
Araceae - cocoyam family
Palmae (Arecaceae) - palm family
Orchidaceae - orchid family
Cyperaceae - sedge family
Gramineae (Poaceae) - grass family
General bibliography
Index of family, generic and common names
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521261920
ISBN-10: 0521261929
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 24th June 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.69