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Flora of West Tropical Africa eBook

The second edition of the Flora of West Tropical Africa has been made available as a free eBook

Photo of Presentation of pre-publication versions of the FWTA e-book on USBs at the AETFAT Congress in January 2014

Presentation of pre-publication versions of the FWTA e-book on USBs at the AETFAT Congress in January 2014. Back, left to right: Brice Sinsin (Benin), Gabriel Ameka (Ghana), Sekou Magassouba (Guinea), Martin Cheek (Kew) Richard Deverell (Kew), George Gosline (Kew), Francois Kouame (Ivory Coast); front: Adjima Thiombiano (Burkina Faso). (Photo: Y. Harley)


The Flora of West Tropical Africa (FWTA), prepared and published by Kew, was completed in 1936 and was the world’s first completed tropical regional flora. The revised second edition, covering 7,072 species in 1,742 genera, was finished in 1972 and has now been made available as an eBook - another first.

The FWTA eBook has been prepared by George Gosline at Kew, and includes annotations from the African Plants Database (version 3.4.0) and hyperlinks within the keys. Now, instead of hauling around the three volumes (1,946 pages) of the printed version into forests and grasslands of West Africa, botanists will be able to access FWTA on their mobile phone!

Kew’s Director, Richard Deverell, presented pre-publication versions of the FWTA eBook on USBs to botanical representatives of West African countries at the XXth AETFAT (Taxonomy of Tropical African Plants) Congress, held in Stellenbosch University, RSA in January 2014.

You can now download your free copy of the FTWA eBook from OpenLibrary.org (book identification number OL25442466M) or the Internet Archive using the second and third links below.

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