Author(s): WATLING DICK AND BENNETT GEORGE
Palms of the Fiji Islands has been written for the interested layman and contains chapters on: Fiji and its vegetation; an account of the palm flora - its origin and closest relatives; the most up to date taxonomic classification; species accounts with Fijian ethno-botanical information; distribution maps and, a detailed analysis of conservation issues. Information on the cultivation of Fiji's Palms is also provided. Palms of the Fiji Islands is richly illustrated with fifty eight colour illustrations of all the palms in their natural habitats, and detailed close ups of their fruit. All the illustrations are by the renowned wildlife artist, George Bennett. What we know about Fiji's palms give rise to serious concern. Indeed over half of Fiji's endemic palms are on the world Red List of endangered plants. Their plight is a microcosm of the plight of Fiji's forests which are being butchered and burned, year in and year out, with hardly a murmur of public concern.
INTRODUCTION The Purpose of the Book, Scope, The Species Accounts , The Illustrations, The Distribution Maps; FIJI: THE COUNTRY, VEGETATION AND THE PALM FLORA Fiji, Fiji's Flora and Vegetation, Fiji's Palm Flora, Relationships, Diversity and Distribution, Dispersal, Conservation, The Forests & Forestry, Protected Areas, Conservation Threat Status of Fiji's Palms; FIJI'S PALMS: SPECIES ACCOUNTS Fiji's Indigenous Palms, Naturalised Palms in Fiji - Ancient Introductions, Naturalised Palms in Fiji - Recent Introductions; PROPAGATION AND CULTURE OF FIJI'S NATIVE PALMS by Dick Phillips; REFERENCES; GENERAL REFERENCE; IMPORTANT REFERENCES FOR FIJI; GLOSSARY; INDEX