A selection of useful trees and shrubs for Kenya: notes on their identification, propagation and management for use by agricultural and pastoral communities.
After an introductory section, this handbook (aimed principally at national extension and technical teaching staff) is divided into 4 parts: (1) the vernacular names of a number of useful trees and shrubs in 32 local languages; (2) the main section, describing 172 of the most important species, giving a (botanical) description and details of their ecology, uses, methods of propagation and management, and miscellaneous data; (3) a table of less important species listing their uses and agro-ecological characteristics; and (4) a summary table of important species listing their uses and agro-ecological characteristics. The selection of species excludes some well known trees (such as Citrus spp., apples, pears, plums etc.) because they have been described in other extension publications, while some lesser known species, such as Bauhinia spp. for fodder and tree tomato (Cyphomandra betacea) for fruit production, have been included because of their potential use by Kenyan farmers and pastoralists. Both indigenous and exotic species are included, and naturalized species are indicated. Where a species is not regarded as important enough to be included in the main table it is either mentioned in a footnote under a closely related species, or in the table of secondary species.