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Field Guides & Natural History  Botany  Floras & Botanical Field Guides  Botany of Asia-Pacific

Guide des Plantes de Wallis et Futuna [Guide to the Plants of Wallis and Futuna]

Field / Identification Guide
By: Jean-Yves Hiro Meyer(Author), Atoloto Malau(Foreword By)
486 pages, colour photos
Publisher: Au Vent Des Iles
Guide des Plantes de Wallis et Futuna [Guide to the Plants of Wallis and Futuna]
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Language: French

The primary flora of Wallis and Futuna, a South Pacific archipelago made up of three islands ('Uvea, Futuna and Alofi) with a terrestrial surface area of 142 km² and a peak at a height of 524 m, comprises approximately 370 native plants. Its low rate of endemism – around 2% – is explained by its geographical proximity to the neighboring archipelagos (Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa) with which Wallis and Futuna share many species in common. This book contains 189 illustrated field photographs depicting a selection of 209 native and endemic taxa – 164 flowering plants and 45 ferns – classified according to their natural habitats: wetlands and mangroves, coastal vegetation and forest, mesophile forest and fern heaths called toafas, low and mid-altitude moist forests, and montane rainforests. Its main objective is to inform communities and local authorities about the originality and fragility of primary flora in order to protect and manage it in a sustainable manner and respecting customary traditions. This guide is also a rallying cry for the preservation of a natural heritage that represents a capital of socio-cultural and economic importance for the Wallisians and Futunians of today and tomorrow.

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La flore primaire de Wallis et Futuna, archipel composé de trois îles (’Uvea, Futuna et Alofi) pour une surface terrestre de 142 km² et un sommet culminant à 524 m, comprend environ 370 plantes indigènes. Son faible taux d’endémisme – environ 2 % – s’explique par une proximité géographique avec les archipels voisins (Fidji, Tonga, Samoa) avec lesquels celui de Wallis et Futuna partage de nombreuses espèces en commun. Cet ouvrage comprend 189 fiches illustrées de photographies prises sur le terrain qui décrivent une sélection de 209 taxons indigènes et endémiques – 164 plantes à fleurs et 45 fou­gères – classées en fonction de leurs habitats naturels : zones humides et mangroves, végétation et forêt littorale, forêt méso­phile et landes à fougères appelée toafa, forêt humide de basse et moyenne altitudes et forêt humide de montagne. Son principal objectif est d’informer les communautés et autorités locales sur l’originalité et la fragilité de la flore primaire afin de la protéger et de la gérer de façon durable et respectueuse des traditions cou­tumières. Ce guide est aussi un message d’alerte pour la préser­vation d’un patrimoine naturel qui représente un capital d’im portance socio-culturelle et économique pour les Wallisiens et Futuniens d’aujourd’hui et de demain.

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Field / Identification Guide
By: Jean-Yves Hiro Meyer(Author), Atoloto Malau(Foreword By)
486 pages, colour photos
Publisher: Au Vent Des Iles
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