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Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens

By: MS Swaminathan(Author), SL Kochhar(Author)
380 pages, 700 colour photos
Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens
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  • Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens ISBN: 9781108481953 Edition: 3 Hardback Jun 2019 In stock
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This comprehensive text on flowering trees of tropical gardens discusses some new species of trees, including Adansonia digitata, Monodora myristica, Flacourtia montana, Balanites aegyptiaca, Bursera serrata, Commiphora wightii, and Semecarpus anacardium. The text covers more than 200 of the most striking and widespread trees alongside closely related genera and species (both native and exotic) commonly encountered in the tropical climate. It includes more than 700 high resolution coloured photographs, depicting different facets including growth habit, morphological details of stem, leaves, flowers and fruits. The different tree species are organized according to Bentham and Hooker's system of classification of seed plants. Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens discusses many aspects of trees including common and botanical names together with synonyms, taxonomic families, etymology (how trees have derived their names), phenology, their native place, geographical distribution, mythological notes, religious significance and economic importance. The text is useful for graduate students and academic researchers in the field of life sciences.

The first and second edition were published in India with the title Groves of Beauty and Plenty in 2003 and 2007, respectively.



1. Magnoliaceae
2. Dilleniaceae
3. Bixaceae
4. Cochlospermaceae
5. Capparaceae
6. Flacourtiaceae
7. Dipterocarpaceae
8. Malvaceae
9. Tiliaceae
10. Zygophyllaceae
11. Guttiferae
12. Bombacaceae
13. Elaeocarpaceae
14. Sterculiaceae
15. Rutaceae
16. Burseraceae
17. Simaroubaceae
18. Ochnaceae
19. Meliaceae
20. Averrhoaceae
21. Rhamnaceae
22. Sapindaceae
23. Anacardiaceae
24. Moringaceae
25. Rosaceae
26. Araliaceae
27. Fabaceae
28. Lythraceae
29. Myrtaceae
30. Combretaceae
31. Lecythidaceae
32. Cornaceae (now Alangiaceae)
33. Rubiaceae
34. Sapotaceae
35. Ebenaceae
36. Ehretiaceae
37. Rubiaceae
38. Ericaceae
39. Myrsinaceae (now Theophrastaceae)
40. Oleaceae
41. Salvadoraceae
42. Verbenaceae
43. Apocynaceae
44. Asclepiadaceae
45. Solanaceae
46. Scrophulariaceae
47. Verbenaceae
48. Bignoniaceae
49. Lauraceae
50. Santalaceae
51. Proteaceae
52. Euphorbiaceae
53. Moraceae
54. Platanaceae
55. Casuarinaceae
56. Ulmaceae
57. Musaceae
58. Pandanaceae
59. Arecaceae

Index of scientific names
Index of common English names
Glossary of important botanical terms
Morphological architecture of leaf forms

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M. S. Swaminathan is the founder chairman of the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. He studied at the Plant Breeding Institute, University of Cambridge. He has contributed significantly in the areas of agricultural science, food and nutrition and been described by the United Nations Environment Program as the 'Father of Economic Ecology'. He was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1971, the Albert Einstein World Science Award in 1986, and the first World Food Prize in 1987. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Italian Academy of Sciences. He previous book is titled Combating Hunger and Achieving Food Security (Cambridge, 2016).

S. L. Kochhar obtained his master's degree from Punjab University, Chandigarh, where he was awarded the prestigious Atomic Energy Commission Scholarship. He taught courses in economic botany and plant physiology at Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College, University of Delhi, for more than four decades (1965–2009). His areas of interest include botany, plant science, tropical crops and plant physiology. He previous book is titled Economic Botany: A Comprehensive Study (Cambridge, 5th Edition, 2016).

By: MS Swaminathan(Author), SL Kochhar(Author)
380 pages, 700 colour photos
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