Principal (agro-) forestry woody species of the Guinea transition zone: Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon.
This book provides information on the botanical characteristics, distribution (both original, and as an exotic in tropical Africa), phenology, propagation, silviculture, and utilization, for about 105 tree species found in the biogeographic transition zone of Guinea, West Africa - i.e., the zone between evergreen forest and the savanna zone. The book refers mainly to Guinea, although data is included which is pertinent to this zone in other countries (Guinea-Bissau, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon). As well as the data for each individual species, there are introductory chapters which discuss (1) land use in the transition zone, (2) criteria used to select species, (3) describe and define silvicultural techniques employed, and (4) discuss biodiversity in the region. The data catalogue is arranged alphabetically by scientific name. There are many tables appended: common names of species in 17 African languages as well as French, German and English; silvicultural uses (agroforestry, rehabilitation, erosion control, soil improvement, etc.); wood properties and wood utilization of species; and glossaries of botanical and silvicultural terms used. The good quality colour illustrations focus on diagnostic features of the species, such as whole tree form, bark, foliage, flowers, fruits and seeds.