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Flora of the Seychelles: A Field Guide to Selected Plants

Field / Identification Guide

By: Steen G Hansen(Author), Victorin F Laboudallon(Author)

726 pages, 1350+ colour photos

Mifa Publications

Hardback | Jun 2016 | Edition: 2 | #233397 | ISBN-13: 9788799077465
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NHBS Price: £105.00 $138/€119 approx

About this book

Language: English

Flora of the Seychelles focuses on the higher, flowering plants (omitting grasses, sedges, seagrasses, ferns, mosses and clubmosses), and gives amongst others updated information about the flowering season, the preferred habitat, the local distribution, the estimated population size, the frequency of occurrence (very common, less common, common, not common, rare, very rare etc.), the status (endemic, indigenous or introduced, and if indigenous, then native to which other country(ies), and if introduced then the presumed origin of the plant), the status on the IUCN list of threatened plants (and if displayed here, to which degree they are threatened). To that is added ethnobotanical or ethnographic botanical information, e.g. the use of the plant (locally and/or internationally) including possible medicinal use, whether the plant is toxic to some degree, and the presumed origin or meaning behind the scientific, the common English and the local Creole names. Regarding the local Creole names, Flora of the Seychelles presents names that have been accepted and reviewed by the Creole Institute for all of the presented plants, including 40 which previously had no local names. Most striking might however be the many high quality photos taken on location accompanying the descriptions.

Flora of the Seychelles is divided into colour sections to allow quick and reliable identification of the different plants – especially when being used as a field guide. To this end, the book has been printed using a special print-polish which to some extent rejects drizzling rain. Finally, the book includes an extended glossary and extended indexes for the English, Creole and scientific plant names.

The 2nd and improved edition is still the Flora of the Seychelles and is still presenting 321 plants growing in the Seychelles including all the endemics and indigenous plant along with a number of selected and striking plants. However, in the new 2nd edition all the information has been updated along with the exchange of quite a number of photos to new and better ones.

"The 2nd and improved edt. of The Flora of the Seychelles is very well laid out, the photographs are excellent (among the best photographs in any current field guides), the text for each species account is comprehensive, and the book  goes a very long way to build botanical and conservation knowledge among the Seychellois. This labour of love is however not only fit for use in the 'Islands of Love', but has applicability across the western Indian Ocean islands."
– Dr Ralph Clark, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

"This 2nd and improved edt. of the book is simply still the guide to the plants of Seychelles. It is both com-prehensive and comprehensible, jam-packed with interesting information alongside excellent illustrations, where the quality of photographs shines through as well. The book will moreover be extremely useful elsewhere in the rest of the western Indian Ocean.. And  never mind a field guide, it is the sort of book you will want to sit and read for pleasure."
– Mr. Adrian Skerrett, natural history author and conservationist (Seychelles).

"[...] En conclusion, c'est un livre que je recommande à tous et qui restera je pense longtemps une référence en termes de quantité et de qualité d'illustration de la flore des Seychelles."
– Dr. Bruno Senterre, Scientific collaborator a Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), but pt. In the Seychelles.

Reviews of the first edition:

"A ground-breaking book. Entertaining, innovative and informative"
– Mr. Adrian Skerrett, natural history author and conservationist (Seychelles).

"The best-illustrated guide to the botany of the islands ever produced [...]  It is copiously and lavishly illustrated throughout"
– Ian Bullock, biologist – former warden of Aride Island (Seychelles).

"An important, indispensable and richly illustrated addition to the literature on the biodiversity of the Indian Ocean islands."
– Mr. Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper & Queen's Botanist (Edinburgh, Scotland).

"A prodigious gift for visitors and plant lovers"
– Brigitte Fabienne Lesperance (Seychelles)

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Steen G. Hansen was born 1951 in Denmark. Master of Biology 1978, bachelor of Geography and Geology 1978, bachelor of German Language and Culture 1993. Has worked as a consultant biologist from 1981-1982 and 1985-1991. Furthermore as an upper secondary lecturer from 1982-1985 and again from 1991-2005 – including being a minister appointed examiner. Resident in the Seychelles since 2005.

He has amongst others written a number of scientific and popular science related articles about birds, nature and nature management plus a number of discussions papers, views and feature articles about nature, nature management, gene-tic manipulated food items, the rebuilding of the former DDR, impressions from travels to Lithuania and Bosnia in 2001 and 2003 amongst others and with special focus on the present youth. Published his first book as an author in 2004 with the poetry collection Nuet - og Det Næste (~ ‘The present moment - and the next one’). A renewed and extended version came in 2008. In 2005 came the novel Rustenborg & Co about the troublesome Danish upper secondary school system. In 2006 came his first travel book Afrejsen fra det Berøringsangste Danmark (~ ’Departure from Denmark’), which was followed in 2007 by his second travel book Seychellerne på Tværs (~ ‘Across the Seychelles’). And latest the short-story collection of 2009 called Vingesus (~ ‘Whirls of Wings’).

Victorin F. Laboudallon was born 1954 in the Seychelles. An autodidactic environmentalist, he undertook studies at Cornell University (USA) in 1985 in ornithology. He has since been working at the Seychelles' Ministry of Agriculture and Land Use, as a ranger (1978-1990), then at the Ministry of Environment, first as senior inspector for conservation (1990-1993) and since then as a senior conservation officer, where he among other things has been involved in re-planting programs, introduction of selected birds to other islands and drawing up Environmental Impact Assesments (EIAs) for flora and fauna of selected regions and islands in the Seychelles. He has obtained the international Birdlife Certificate 1997, the Daniell De St. Jorre's environmental award 2002, the Seychelles' Outstanding Award for Environmental Excellence (2004) and recently he founded the NGO of Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of Seychelles (2009). Victorin has published articles on breeding biology of the Seychelles Black Parrot (1987) and sustainability and traditional harvesting of eggs of the Sooty Tern (1990).

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