397 pages, 1200 colour photos, 72 colour illustrations
A celebration of 200 trees which form an integral part of the natural, cultural and urban heritage of Penang. This unique book covers a wide range of both forest and cultivated species, each with a special story to tell. Taken as a whole Heritage Trees of Penang weaves a rich tapestry of the past and present that demonstrates why Penang is such a remarkable place. Richly illustrated with 72 original watercolours and over 1200 photographs, this invaluable guide is a beautiful and authoritative companion to Penang’s botanical inheritance.
“This book is gold to anyone even remotely interested in learning to identify and appreciate trees […] Heritage Trees Of Penang deserves a place on the shelves of every classroom, library and personal collection.”
- Angela Hijjas, The Star
“Heritage Trees of Penang is a welcome effort and should stir further botanic interest amongst readers […] This is an important milestone of a book which gives recognition to the immense botanic importance of Penang during colonial days”
- Ben Wismen, Penang Monthly
“A timely and valuable publication on the identification of the trees in Penang.”
- Kanda Kumar, Malaysian Nature Society
Note to Reader Message from Lim Guan Eng, Foreword by Kanda Kumar, Preface, About the Authors Acknowledgements
1 Street Trees planted along roadsides and public spaces in George Town
2 Garden Trees cultivated in Penang Botanic Gardens
3 Sacred Trees with spiritual or ceremonial value, found in temples and graveyards
4 Village Trees traditionally grown in kampungs for fruit, medicine and other uses
5 Forest Trees native species of the rainforest on Penang Hill
6 Coastal and Riverside Trees growing on sandy beaches and rocky headlands, in mangroves or along streams and rivers,
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Simon Gardner is a full-time researcher, photographer and writer, focusing on botanical and environmental issues. His principal publications include Field Guide to Forest Trees of Northern Thailand (Bangkok, 2000) and Caves of Northern Thailand (Bangkok, 2006).
Pindar Sidisunthorn is a professional botanical illustrator and writer. She has worked as a project coordinator for biodiversity surveys at Chiang Mai University and as a landscape architect for the Zoological Park Department, Thailand.
Lai Ee May is a lecturer in biology at Disted College, Penang. She previously worked at Universiti Sains Malaysia, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia and Penang Botanic Gardens and was honorary secretary of the Malaysian Nature Society (Penang Branch).