In Trees of India we see forty-three tree species, most of which are commonly in India. Detailed descriptions of each, complemented by colour photographs of the tree and its leaves, fruits, and flowers, reveal the unique characteristics of a wide variety of trees. Trees of India includes descriptions of well-known trees like the banyan, the gulmohur, the neem, and the coconut, as well as of lesser-known trees like the baobab and the true kapok tree. The descriptions are alphabetically arranged according to the common names of the trees and incorporate information on their scientific and local names, the places in which specific trees grow, and the characteristics of the leaves, flowers, and fruits of different trees. Significantly, Mukherjee includes information on the uses of each tree, including its wood, though she issues a strong warning against tree felling in the Introduction. In addition to the informative Introduction, the book carries a guide to identifying trees, a glossary, and an index of botanical names. Though especially designed with our younger readers in mind, the book will appeal equally to older readers including parents and teachers, as well as nature lovers. Special Features 43 commonly found tree species More than 80 color illustrations Sections on uses of trees and botanical names Note on what to look for on trees Interesting addition to the illustrated clutch
Pippa Mukherjee has a degree in nursing and a diploma in teaching. She was on the committee of the Bombay Natural History Society during 1980-84. She worked as nature education officer and also taught natural history at schools in Mumbai and was environmental consultant for BEST for a year. She contributed articles on gardening, health, and environment for newspapers and magazines for several years. The author taught at Kodaikanal International School for 17 years. She is a founder member of the Palni Hills Conservation Council. She has been supervising biology students from America on semester abroad environmental projects from 1996 onwards. She also works on the PHCC nursery.