Traditional trees of Pacific islands : their culture, environment, and use
At over 3 kg, this heavyweight volume is certainly the ultimate resource book on Pacific island trees. Beautifully laid out, and illustrated with over 800 photographs it offers comprehensive coverage of the 80 most important species. The 'traditional' in the title does not signify indigenous; for example there are numerous varieties of mango found across the tropical and sub-tropical Pacific but none of them originate from the region. But all the trees documented in this book have become interwoven in Pacific culture, whether for their fruit, nuts, timber, bark or other products.
For each species, information has been gathered from fields such as ethnobotany, forestry, biology, ecology, horticulture and agro-forestry. Sections include propagation and cultivation practices, environmental preferences, disadvantages, diseases, uses and products, in addition to biological and genetic descriptions and information on distribution. As well as being an invaluable resource for anyone from home gardeners to commercial producers, it is also a timely record of indigenous knowledge which might otherwise be soon lost, as traditional products are displaced by modern alternatives.