Field Guide to the Palms of Madagascar - COMPLETED 2006
Orania trispatha (J.Dransf. & N.W.Uhl) Beentje & J.Dransf. from Madagascar. This species is known only from three sites, all of which are under threat of destruction, with very low population numbers.
This project resulted in the production of a user-friendly identification guide in both English and Malagasy languages, dealing with the 164 known Madagascan palms. Most of these are endemic to Madagascar, and many of them are either Vulnerable or Endangered. The project began in 2005 and the guide was published in December 2006. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Madagascar Office is currently distributing copies to National Parks and botanical and conservation organisations around Madagascar. A user-friendly and illustrated key was included, while the main part of the guide consisted of individual species treatments with simple maps, colour photographs and some symbolic line drawings to indicate leaf, inflorescence and fruit types.