|RAP Publication: 1999/13|
TREES COMMONLY CULTIVATED IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
AN ILLUSTRATED FIELD GUIDE
First edition: November 1995
Second edition: February 1999
Reprinted: April 2001
© FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Printed by Craftsman Press Co., Ltd., Bangkok
For copies write to:
Regional Forest Resources Officer
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Maliwan Mansion, 39 Phra Atit Road
Tel: (662) 281-7844, Fax: (662) 280-0445
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Note for the second edition
1. How to use this field guide
Introduction to terminology
Bark, bole and branches
II. Species identification
Key to tree identification
Index of scientific and common names
This is the second edition of the Trees Commonly Cultivated in Southeast Asia - An Illustrated Field Guide authored by Mr. Michael Jensen and published in November 1995 by the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. The primary aim of this field guide remains the same as the original version: to provide a popular identification tool for the many tree species that play important roles in the daily lives of millions of people all over Southeast Asia.
The first edition was welcomed by many people, for example, field practitioners who may not necessarily possess a strong botanical back-ground; foresters; agronomists; economists; sociologists; environmentalists; extension workers; students and others who are involved with rural development. In receiving their appreciation, several experts on tropical botany and forestry, such as Dr. Sumihiko Asakawa, a Japanese professor, and Mr. Kevin White, an Australian forester, kindly suggested correction of errors in the text and other ways to improve content.
Taking these suggestions, the author has revised the text and improved the format. Mr. Masakazu Kashio, Regional Forest Resources Officer, has further improved the quality of the second edition. He has supervised the printing of drawings. We acknowledge with thanks the suggestions of the above-mentioned experts and many others who have sent us their comments.
Now, we are pleased to release the second edition of this popular publication.
and Regional Representative
for Asia and the Pacific
There are many young people working in FAO as Associate Professional Officers (APOs). I have witnessed their dedication and commitment during their appointed periods, which are usually two to three years.
Mr. Michael Jensen, a Danish forest ecologist, was an APO under my supervision for two years during 1993–95. Shortly after he began his assignment, we discussed the scope of his work and in what kind of areas he wanted to put his capabilities and energy. The compilation of information on trees commonly cultivated in Southeast Asia was one of them.
He spent almost two years collecting an adequate amount of information, through an extensive search of references and field work, including taking more than 1,000 photographs. This field guide is the result of his dedication. In addition, he displayed his artistic talent as the user of this book will immediately recognize from the many drawings.
Even after copies of the first edition were exhausted, we still received many requests for this publication. Thus, this second edition was planned and released with careful refining of the first edition. Errors found in the first edition on botanical names and terminologies have been corrected. Distribution maps are displayed as large as possible. Fonts and line spaces are neatly designed for a comfortable reading. Some colour plates are better arranged.
Your comments are, however, most welcome to further improve this popular field guide.
Regional Forest Resources Officer