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In the immense forests of Amazonia, the palms, vast in their number and diversity, play a vital role in the ecosystems and also in the lives of the inhabitants. Some of the species of these “Princes of the forest” are barely known to science, and if the present rate of destruction continues, they never will be.

The book takes its title from Eldorado, the mythical land of gold which attracted adventurers and explorers for generations. The forest still fascinates us to-day as it did the conquistadors. Some of its secrets are told in these pages.

In this most unusual book a leading French botanist, who has spent many years studying the Amazonian palms in the field, gives a fascinating account of the palms in relation to the forest and in relation to the Amazonians themselves, their culture and their daily life. The accompanying photographs are of great interest.

The principal genera are described clearly and useful keys to identification are provided which will assist palm enthusiasts everywhere to a better knowledge of Amazonian palms.  


Editeur : Orstom/Éditions Champflour

Auteur(s) : Francis Kahn

Collection : Guides illustrés

Publication : 1 juin 1997

Edition : 1ère édition

Intérieur : Couleur

Support(s) : Livre papier

Poids (en grammes) : 315

Langue(s) : Anglais

EAN13 Livre papier : 9782876550346

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