Desert Plants of Egypt’s Wadi El Gemal National Park

Tamer Mahmoud

The vegetation in Wadi El Gemal National Park in Egypt's Eastern Desert is more diverse than might first be expected, but even more surprising is the

English edition
1 June 2010
180 pp.
350 color photographs, 120 maps
17X24cm
ISBN 9789774163500
For sale worldwide

$24.95

The vegetation in Wadi El Gemal National Park in Egypt’s Eastern Desert is more diverse than might first be expected, but even more surprising is the relationship that the desert dwellers continue to have with the plant life in their habitat, despite the increasing modernization of their world. As a ranger in the park, Tamer Mahmoud quickly realized the importance of surveying, identifying, and documenting the indigenous plants, and recording the information he compiled from interviews with the local community about how they use the plants for food, healing, animal fodder, and fuel. The result is this detailed and colorful guide, which includes photographs of each plant, the scientific name and local name in Arabic and English, and information on location, distribution, uses, and ecology. A glossary, bibliography, visitors’ information section and distribution maps make this a comprehensive reference work that will interest visitors, scientists, anyone interested in the flora of arid areas, and even anthropologists.

Tamer Mahmoud

Tamer Mahmoud received his B.Sc. in microbiology from Suez Canal University in 1999. He has been a park ranger in Egypt’s Wadi El Gemal National Park since 2003.
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