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Jungle Trees of Central India: A Field Guide for Tree Spotters Paperback – 6 Mar 2014
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Pradip Krishen gave up film-making to photograph and write about trees for a general audience. He published Trees of Delhi (Penguin/DK) in 2006 which has sold nearly 20,000 copies. He also practises as an 'ecological gardener' and is rewilding the unique landscape of Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park next to Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur.
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It is structured such that, you can open any page and read about a particular tree. It offers all the cues to identify the tree; to a layman, this is the vital step. Each short write-up desribes the life cycle of the tree. Take the example of 'Doodhi' at page no 94 (pic). To the fans of his book on Delhi trees, they will relish the exhaustive chapter, 'the keys', page 46 to 92. It lists the visual cues -Bark (pic 3), flowers (pic 4), fruit(pic 5), leaves(pic 6).
After spening delightful hours over this book, I had to visit Madhya Pradesh to see those trees and chose Pachmarhi.
During a walking tour at Pachmarhi jungle I referred to my guide, Mr Krishen Lal about the book. Yes, he had his own copy.
I consider this book along with Indian Mammals: A Field Guide and Birds of the Indian Subcontinent as MUST-HAVES for any outdoorsman in India.
I must say that I have been delighted by Jungle Trees of Central India. The book has detailed accounts of a large number of trees, superb photographs of flowers, leaves, fruit, etc. for each of them as well as illustrations, and excellent printing.
Another great feature is a photographic index of trees by flower colour, leaf type, bark type, etc., which serves as a very useful cross-reference in identification. There is also a detailed explanation of various botanical terms for novices like myself.
All in all, a 5 star book. I would encourage anyone who is interested in trees to buy it.
It is very sophisticated in its arrangement and indexing. You can Identify a tree from bark, leaf, flower and fruit with key photos of all these given in the book. You dont need to scan whole book to find right tree. Next to each photo key, page no. Of detailed description is given so you can directly jump there.
Photographs are of excellent quality.
Language is simple to understand.
More than 100 Jungle Tree Species of Central India are covered.
This book is very easy to navigate, read and understand. You dont need to know very little to get started Identifying trees with this book.
My only wish is that he will do something similar for the trees and vegetation of eastern India and the northeast, home of some of the rarest species of flora in this country. Pradip, please do this and many of us will be eternally grateful.