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Field Guide to Common Trees and Shrubs of East Africa [Paperback]

Najma Dharani
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Struik Nature (5 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770078886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770078888
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a selective field guide to the more common trees and shrubs, indigenous, naturalized and exotic, that are found in the East African region. It is designed to help the plant enthusiast identify prominent species that can be observed, studied and enjoyed in gardens and parks, along roadsides and in easily accessible parts of the countryside. The text highlights the importance of trees in the social, economic and religious lives of the people of East Africa, and also provides accounts of their use in traditional medicine. In addition to photographs and illustrations that depict the fruit, flowers and special features of each species, there is also a map of the different biomes of East Africa, glossaries of botanical and medical terms, and diagrams depicting flower parts, leaf shapes and leaf arrangements that clarify the terms used in the book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trees and Shrubs of East Africa 17 April 2012
By Lucie
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very good quality product, perfect condition of book. good delivery, arrived in time and very reasonably priced. I shall recommend this book be bought by anyone interested in East african flora
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great handbook with colour photos 28 Jan 2014
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Great handbook with colour photographs of various shrubs and trees from East Africa, information about traditional use, fruits etc. Smart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for identification 20 Dec 2013
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Fairly easy to use guide and dictionary to have at my disposal in the field when weight is at a premium
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so 17 Dec 2005
By P. van Rijckevorsel - Published on
This is not quite what I expected. Struik is a South African publisher, and South African tree books rank among the finest in the world. This one does not, although the printing quality is fine, and the quality of the photographs looks pretty good too. However, these pictures are printed quite a bit too small to do them justice. A bit less space devoted to typography and more space for pictures would have helped a great deal.

Another thing that detracts form the book is the "common trees and shrubs" which turn out to be the trees and shrubs commonly encountered, including exotics that are planted the world over. Also, the book is not free of typo's and other errors. This is not a terrible book and perhaps even value for money, but hardly what one would expect from a publisher with this background.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 4 Jan 2009
By Andrew Courtney - Published on
This book has been a treasured resource for discovering the names and characteristics of the many trees and shrubs I encountered during my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania. In addition to the multiple photos for each of the many, many indigenous and naturalized species, the author provides a summary of the main plant characteristics -- including intriguing "Traditional Medicine" details. I have searched for years for a better reference and have not yet found anything as useful as this field guide.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible field guide. 19 Jun 2011
By anonymous - Published on
This is one of the worst field guides I have ever seen. It includes too many garden exotics, has no key, and is not organized taxonomically. Photographs not at all useful for identifying trees. Only very rarely can you use the guide to definitively identify something.
5.0 out of 5 stars useful 4 Mar 2014
By Talya Oron - Published on
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I bought it as a present for an Ethiopian friend
He was very happy with it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Many species but very basic. 22 Feb 2014
By J. Allen Ratzlaff - Published on
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Not good enough pictures of leaves, thorns, etc., to make positive IDs in many cases. Too much focus on exotic species.
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