Flowering Plants in West Africa

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 9, 1988 - Medical - 344 pages
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This volume is an account of the flowering plant flora of West Africa south of the Sahara (Gambia-Nigeria inclusive) with the emphasis upon species of ecological or economic importance. The vegetative and reproductive morphological characters, pollination and dispersal mechanisms of representatives of 38 families are described, and these families appear in the same order as in the Flora of West Tropical Africa. The first chapter deals with interspecific relationships (between flowering plant species, and between these and bacteria, fungi and animals), while the second chapter describes the vegetation formed by the flowering plant species of West Africa. Then follow the family chapters, each one ending with a section on the field recognition of its most important species, and a bibliography of the literature, so that further studies may be pursued. This flora should prove to be of value to teachers and students of tropical biology, agriculture, forestry and economic botany.
 

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Contents

Species associations
1
Vegetation in West Africa
20
study of a discipline such as taxonomy but is the essential foundation
29
Annonaceae soursop family
72
Amaranthaceae amaranth family
78
Cucurbitaceae gourd family
84
Ochnaceae ironwood family
91
Combretaceae afara family
95
Apocynaceae frangipani family
196
Asclepiadaceae blood flower or milkweed family
205
Rubiaceae abura family
210
Compositae Asteraceae Tridax family
221
Solanaceae tomato family
228
Convolvulaceae sweet potato family
235
Bignoniaceae jacaranda family
241
Acanthaceae Thunbergia family
246

Guttiferae Clusiaceae butter tree family
102
Sterculiaceae cocoa family
107
Bombacaceae silk cotton family
114
Malvaceae cotton family
118
Euphorbiaceae cassava family
124
Caesalpiniaceae pride of Barbados family
133
Mimosaceae Acacia family
142
Papilionaceae cowpea family
151
Ulmaceae afefe family
160
Moraceae mulberry family
164
Meliaceae mahogany family
171
Sapindaceae akee apple family
178
Anacardiaceae cashew nut family
185
Sapotaceae sheabutternut family
190
Verbenaceae teak family
252
Labiatae Lamiaceae Hausa potato family
258
Commelinaceae day flower family
264
Zingiberaceae ginger family
269
Marantaceae West Indian arrowroot family
274
Liliaceae lily family
279
Araceae cocoyam family
285
Palmae Arecaceae palm family
293
Orchidaceae orchid family
301
Cyperaceae sedge family
312
Gramineae Poaceae grass family
321
General bibliography
331
Index of family generic and common names
333
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