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Flowering Plants in West Africa

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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511826542

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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 of 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 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.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511826542
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of symbols and abbreviations
    1. Species associations
    2. Vegetation in West Africa
    3. Annonaceae - soursop family
    4. Amaranthaceae - amaranth family
    5. Cucurbitaceae - gourd family
    6. Ochnaceae - ironwood family
    7. Combretaceae - afara family
    8. Guttiferae (clusiaceae) - butter tree family
    9. Sterculiaceae - cocoa family
    10. Bombacaceae - silk cotton family
    11. Malvaceae - cotton family
    12. Euphorbiaceae - cassava family
    13. Caesalpiniaceae - pride of Barbados family
    14. Mimosaceae - Acacia family
    15. Papilionaceae - cowpea family
    16. Ulmaceae - afefe family
    17. Moraceae - mulberry family
    18. Meliaceae - mahogany family
    19. Sapindaceae - akee apple family
    20. Anacardiaceae - cashew nut family
    21. Sapotaceae - sheabutternut family
    22. Apocynaceae - frangipani family
    23. Asclepiadaceae - blood flower or milkweed family
    24. Rubiaceae - abura family
    25. Compositae (Asteraceae) - Tridax family
    26. Solanaceae - tomato family
    27. Convolvulaceae - sweet potato family
    28. Bignoniaceae - jacaranda family
    29. Acanthaceae - Thunbergia family
    30. Verbenaceae - teak family
    31. Labiatae (Lamiaceae) - Hausa potato family
    32. Commelinaceae - day flower family
    33. Zingiberaceae - ginger family
    34. Marantaceae - (West Indian) arrowroot family
    35. Liliaceae - lily family
    36. Araceae - cocoyam family
    37. Palmae (Arecaceae) - palm family
    38. Orchidaceae - orchid family
    39. Cyperaceae - sedge family
    40. Gramineae (Poaceae) - grass family
    General bibliography
    Index of family, generic and common names.

  • Author

    Margaret Steentoft

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