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Easy tree-watching

This richly detailed and lavishly illustrated book is fully capable of making you a tree-lover if you're not one yet.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 19:31 IST

Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide
Author: Pradip Krishen
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Pages: 360
Edition: Soft Flexi
Price: Rs 799
ISBN: 0-14-400070-9

A complete, accurate guide to Delhi’s trees

Trees of Delhi introduces you to every tree you are likely to see in the city or in semi-wilderness areas like the Ridge. You do not have to be a botanist to enjoy this book: everything is explained in simple language. Nor do you have to live in Delhi: cities like Jaipur, Lucknow or Bhopal have substantially the same tree flora as Delhi. And even in wet, coastal cities like Mumbai or Calcutta, this field guide will help you recognize many of the trees you’ll see around you. Extensive colour pictures and clear instructions on how to use the annotated Leaf Keys make identification of individual trees easy.

Slip it into your pocket and take it outdoors. If you aren’t a tree lover already, this book is bound to make you one.

• over 1100 full-colour photographs
• 252 species
• extensive notes about the most common tree species: their native range, natural habitat and uses, illustrated with several photographs showing details of bark, leaves, flowers and fruit
• index to both local and scientific names
• tips on some of the best places to see trees in Delhi

Here are a couple of excerpts from the section on the Mahoe:

A part of the description of the Mahoe
Images of the Mahoe, which is commonly known as chelwa   or bola