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This guide to the remarkable flora of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu aims to raise awareness of Vanuatu's plant diversity and the conservation issues facing it. The 236 plants included were selected for their outstanding or specific characters (e.g., large fruit, beautiful flowers, stinging foliage), significant properties (medicinal or ornamental use), or because they are commonly encountered. Some rarer and less commonly encountered species were included because of their vulnerability or endemism (found nowhere else but Vanuatu or surrounding areas). All species are illustrated with beautiful color drawings that allow for easy identification. The text accompanying the illustrations points to additional identification characters. The book is bilingual English/French and is co-published by The New York Botanical Garden Press and Biotope. See the new post on "Science Talk" The Remarkable Plants of a Pacific Island
Ms. Ramon is an agronomist and naturalist illustrator. After drawing the tropical flora and fauna in French Guiana and in New Caledonia, she lived in Vanuatu from 2010 to 2014. She organized with the Vanuatu Forestry Department and the Vanuatu herbarium the botanical data for this book. Laurence Ramon's Author Page
Mr. Sam was born in 1966 on the island of Malekula in a french-speaking family. He is a botanist in the Vanuatu Forestry Department and curator of the Vanuatu herbarium where he carries out floristic inventories. He has participated in all major botanical expeditions in Vanuatu such as the Tsukuba Botanical Garden expedition in 1996-1997, and the Santo expedition in 2006. Prior to joining the Vanuatu Forestry Department he was employed by ORSTOM (IRD) as a botanical technician where he was trained in this discipline. Chanel Sam's Author Page