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Palms of Southern Asia

Palms of Southern Asia

Copyright Date: 2009
Pages: 264
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    Palms of Southern Asia
    Book Description:

    Southern Asia is a vast and ecologically diverse region that extends from the deserts of Afghanistan to the rainforests of Thailand, and is home to a marvelously rich palm flora.Palms of Southern Asiais the only complete field guide to the 43 genera and 352 species of palms and rattans that occur in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. This attractive guide's handsome illustrations and succinct, authoritative, and jargon-free text make identification easy. Each species account includes the correct scientific and common names, and fully describes morphology, habitat, and uses. Featuring a distribution map for most species and 256 full-color photographs, this is also the only field guide to cover the extremely diverse palm flora of Vietnam, and the first to offer a taxonomic overview of the rattan species of Southern Asia.

    Palms of Southern Asiais a book of major importance for botanists and an invaluable aid for naturalists and conservationists, and it's the perfect field guide for ecotourists traveling in the region.

    Covers all 352 naturally occurring palms in Southern AsiaFeatures full-color photographs of 256 species, many never before illustratedIncludes a distribution map for most speciesProvides the first taxonomic overview of the rattans of Southern Asia

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-3299-6
    Subjects: Botany & Plant Sciences, Biological Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-6)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 7-7)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. 8-8)
    John Dransfield

    From the deserts of Afghanistan to the limestone hills of southern China and the rain forests of Peninsular Thailand, the natural vegetation of Southern Asia, the area covered by this exciting new book, includes some of the most interesting and unusual palms. For some fortunate areas within the region, taxonomic accounts that include palms are already in existence, but many of these were published in the last century and are already very out of date as far as taxonomy or nomenclature are concerned. Several suffer from the chauvinism of local botany, where apparently distinctive species were described without looking over...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. 9-10)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 11-28)

    Following the publication ofA Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas(Henderson et al. 1995), I had in mind a similar volume for the Old World. There are, however, many more species of palms in the Old World, and the area is much larger, including as it does all of Europe, Africa, Madagascar, the islands of the Indian Ocean, Southern and Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Australia, and the islands of the western Pacific. This is too big an area with too many species for a single field guide. Therefore I decided to work first on the Southern Asian...

  6. The Palms of Southern Asia
    (pp. 29-174)

    Stems are solitary or clustered and range from tall to short or subterranean. They are usually green and ringed with conspicuous leaf scars, and some species have prominent stilt roots at the base. Leaves are pinnate or occasionally undivided and 4–12 in number. Leaf sheaths are closed and form a distinct, green, yellowish, or rarely bright red (not ours) crownshaft, although in some species this does not develop and the leaf sheaths are open. The leaf rachis is sometimes strongly recurved but in most species spreads horizontally. Leaflets are usually regularly arranged along the rachis and always spread in...

  7. Appendix Checklist of Species by Country or Region
    (pp. 175-182)
  8. References
    (pp. 183-186)
  9. Index of Common Names
    (pp. 187-190)
  10. Index of Scientific Names
    (pp. 191-199)