Preface; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Colour Plates; 1. Historical Background; 2. Famous Baobabs; 3. Folklore and Tradition; 4. Food and Fodder; 5. Human and Veterinary Medicine; 6. Other Uses of the Baobab; 7. Art and Iconography; 8. Baobab Biology; 9. Natural History; 10. Conservation; 11. Cultivation; 12. Taxonomy; 13. Distribution and Ecology; 14. Phytogeography; 15. Unfinished Business; Appendix 1. Vernacular Names; Appendix 2. Economics; Appendix 3. Nutrition; Appendix 4. Forest Mensuration; References; Taxonomic Indexes; Subject Index; Gazetteer
This is the only comprehensive account of all eight species in the genus Adansonia. It describes the historical background from the late Roman period to the present. It covers the extraordinary variety of economic uses of baobabs. There are also appendices on vernacular names, gazetteer, economics, nutrition and forest mensuration. This book fills a gap in the botanical literature. It deals with a genus that has fascinated and intrigued scientists and lay persons for centuries.
First and only fully comprehensive account of all eight species of Adansonia
Contains much new information
Highly interesting for scientists, academics and laypeople