PILLARS of LIFE
Magnificent trees of the Western Ghats
by DIVYA MUDAPPA & T. R. SHANKAR RAMAN
Foreword by Pradip Krishen
(Published July 2018, Nature Conservation Foundation, Mysore)
For millions of years, the forests of the Western Ghats mountains have been home to a host of extraordinary trees. These range from the peculiar conifer, Nageia, whose family origins can be traced back to the age of the dinosaurs, to the grand trees in the rudraksh family, to the jack and fig trees that occupy a familiar presence in India’s forests and countryside. This book showcases thirty remarkable tree species through beautiful illustrations and artwork. It conveys the wonder arising from the beauty, the diversity, the individuality, and magnificence of trees in the Western Ghats, and evokes a greater sensitivity to the diverse values and enrichment that trees bring to our lives.
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