Trees of Arunachal: a Field Guide
Authors: Navendu Page, Aparajita Datta and Bibidishananda Basu
Design: Kadambari Misra; Janhavi Rajan
Plant Illustrations: Meena Subramaniam
Glossary/Key illustrations: Janhavi Rajan; Saniya Chaplod
Published by: Nature Conservation Foundation, January 2022
Trees of Arunachal Pradesh is a first-of-its kind pictorial guide meant for a wide audience that facilitates efficient and easy identification of trees of this region.
If you are bewildered by the sheer diversity of trees in North-East India and always wanted an easier way to identify many of them – then this field guide might just be the right book for you.
The book is authored by three seasoned field biologists, bringing their collective experience of two decades in field botany and forest ecology of North-east India.
This 591-page photographic field guide to the Trees of Arunachal Pradesh features more than 1500 photos of 241 species of trees, shrubs and a few climbers. ‘Keys’ provided in the book help the reader navigate through pages and to the species identity. These ‘keys’ are based on easily observable characters such as leaves, flowers and fruits. These keys help with the comparison of species that are similar-looking, thus helping to get past the lookalikes and identify the plant of interest quickly.
The species pages which form the bulk of the book, give an account of the species’ ecology and utility, along with images of the plant parts and its global conservation status. There is an exhaustive index of vernacular names used in several different local languages, that can also guide you to find the correct species of interest. There is also a scientific name index with the authority.
All these user-friendly and aesthetic features make this book an attractive resource for botany students, naturalists, plant explorers, and tree watchers as well as researchers, field staff of the Forest Department and the people of Arunachal Pradesh and more widely in the North-eastern region of India.
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