The first user-friendly pictorial field guide to the trees of Arunachal Pradesh

Biologists from Nature Conservation Foundation and Wildlife Institute of India pay rich tribute to a region famed for its biological diversity

GN Bureau | February 5, 2022


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‘Trees of Arunachal Pradesh: A Field Guide’ is a first-of-its kind pictorial guide for a wide audience. A visually rich book that will help you to efficiently and easily identify trees of this region. Biologists from the Nature Conservation Foundation and the Wildlife Institute of India have published the first ever pictorial field guide to the Trees of Arunachal Pradesh, a region famed for its biological diversity.

Authored by three seasoned field biologists - Dr. Navendu Page of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. Aparajita Datta and Bibidishananda Basu of the Nature Conservation Foundation, this book builds on their collective experience of over two decades of field botany and forest ecology of Northeast India to present an authoritative guide to the trees.

‘Trees of Arunachal Pradesh’ features more than 1,500 photos of 241 species of trees, shrubs and a few climbers. ‘Keys’ help the reader navigate through the pages and to identify each species. Author Navendu Page points out that “These ‘keys’ are based on easily observable characters such as leaves, flowers, and fruits. These provide pointers to compare similar-looking species, helping get past the lookalikes and identify the plant of interest quickly and accurately.”

The species pages which form the bulk of the book, give an account of the species’ ecology and utility, with images of the plant parts. One of the highlights of the book are the descriptions of the ecology of the species. Author Aparajita Datta said that “We have given the flowering and fruiting times, who eats the fruits or how seeds are dispersed from our field observations or literature.”

People of Arunachal Pradesh and other northeastern states where these species occur, or visitors from other regions accompanied by local people familiar with the trees and their regional names, can use the exhaustive index of names in several local languages, to determine the species identity.



Dr. Bivash Pandav, Director of the Bombay Natural History Society says, “An absolute delight not only for biologists but also for anyone remotely interested in exploring plant life in the land of the rising sun! Moving forward from the conventional plant taxonomy literature, this book is a breath of fresh air and will surely generate huge interest among the readers to understand the plant diversity of Arunachal Pradesh. Elegant illustrations and appropriate descriptions long with actual photographs of the flora, make this field guide easy to use for both professionals as well as nature enthusiasts. This field guide is an outcome of years of hard work put in by the authors and demonstrates their thorough understanding of the region. A must have while planning for a trip to India's North East.”



The user-friendly and aesthetic features of this book make it an attractive resource for botany students, naturalists, plant explorers, and tree watchers as well as teachers, researchers, Forest Department staff, and the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Trees of Arunachal Pradesh: A Field Guide is published by the Nature Conservation Foundation in January 2022, and is priced at Rs. 1,000 (shipping cost Rs. 190 extra). It can be purchased online here: https://www.instamojo.com/NCF/trees-of-arunachal-a-field-guide/



Interested readers can also contact the authors at <navendu.page@gmail.com> and <aparajita@ncf-india.org>
 

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