Trees of Mumbai
This useful book will be welcomed by the citizens of Mumbai, whose tree cover is fast vanishing.
Colour plates with close-up insets of flowers, fruit or leaves(I wish the reproduction was better), are accompanied by short but accurate texts that provide thumbnail information on 108 tree species. In addition to botany and instructions on planting and caring for trees, the authors have included useful information on how to identify trees from the colour and shape of flowers and a list of trees that attract birds or butterflies and places in Mumbai where a very diverse population of trees can be seen. Another useful inclusion is the text of the Tree Act. Hopefully, citizens will use this book not just to plant new trees, but to defend the old ones.
Marselin Almeida and Naresh Chaturvedi, Published by: the Bombay Natural History Society
Hardcover; 249 pages; small format on art paper with colour plates; Price: Rs. 465/