Desert Plants of Egypt's Wadi El Gemal National Park

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American Univ in Cairo Press, 2010 - Nature - 161 pages
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The vegetation in Wadi El Gemal National Park in Egypt's Eastern Desert is more diverse than might first be expected, but even more surprising is the relationship that the desert dwellers continue to have with the plant life in their habitat, despite the increasing modernization of their world. As a ranger in the park, Tamer Mahmoud quickly realized the importance of surveying, identifying, and documenting the indigenous plants, and recording the information he compiled from interviews with the local community about how they use the plants for food, healing, animal fodder, and fuel. The result is this detailed and colorful guide, which includes photographs of each plant, the scientific name and local name in Arabic and English, and information on location, distribution, uses, and ecology. A glossary, bibliography, visitors' information section and distribution maps make this a comprehensive reference work that will interest visitors, scientists, anyone interested in the flora of arid areas, and even anthropologists.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Directory of Wadi El Gemal Plants
25
Glossary
141
List of Plants by Abbadi Name
147
References
157
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About the author (2010)

Tamer Mahmoud received his B.Sc. in microbiology from Suez Canal University in 1999. He has been a park ranger in Egypt's Wadi El Gemal National Park since 2003.

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