I was privileged to be led on a walk at Delhi Ridge by Mr Pradip Krishen. Someone in our group made a reference about his latest book - Jungle trees of Central India . His first book about trees of Delhi is a classic - and he has retained the same format for Jungle trees of Central India, only increasing the paper size. (Pic1 shows the two books together). 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.
Jungle trees is the absolute best field guide for trees out there. The other ones are much older and in dire need of updation. This one is full of knowledge which is easy to understand and comprehend even by a novice. There are multiple ways of identification which is extremely helpful.
I bought this book as another title: "Groves of Beauty and Plenty: An Atlas of Major Flowering Trees of India" is not available anymore. I wanted a field guide to help me identify trees.
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.
Now, if you are used and have enjoyed referencing Pradip's great book "Trees of Delhi" in its neatly structured format, then your expectations have to be high for this one. "Jungle Trees of Central India" meets just those expectations.
The format (size) is slightly larger than the original "Trees of Delhi" edition, which doesn't quite make it a field reference guide BUT if you want to feel like a pre-colonial times Maharaja or a David Livingstone, you can always have your 'help' carry it for you until you bump into the next tree that you wish to study. Studying trees is a fun thing to do, either which way.
Loved the book! 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.
After his beautiful and informative volume about the Trees of Delhi, this is Krishen's second magnum opus. It's canvas is bigger, its quality of information, anecdote and field notes, splendid.
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.
The best book I've seen on the subject. Excellent layout, hugely informative on all levels and stunningly good photographs. Very pleased with my purchase and advise anyone interested in India's trees to purchase it. It's such a good read!
Though the book is covering the trees found in the Jungles of Central India, it is the best book on trees I have come across. The book should be there on the bookshelf of every tree lovers of India.... The book is superbly designed with well planned layout & each tree species covered with excellent images of flowers, fruits, leaves, barks etc for easy identification. Great work by Pradip Krishen
Yet to use it in the field. I am in Kerala. But a true classic. Beautifully produced. Great style of writing. A must have for the serious enthusiast. I know it works. Have the Trees of Delhi with me. The format is same; perhaps a little improved even.
Useful in Telangana too Though I read great reviews about this book I was afraid if this will be of much use to me After seeing it with a friend I bought it and having a great time outdoors A must have