Book: Illustrated Flora of Lebanon by Georges Tohmé
and Henriette Tohmé
National Council for Scientific Research 2014 Edition
Illustrated Flora of Lebanon by Georges Tohmé and Henriette
Hard Cover 30 x 21 x 3.5 cm - 612 pages - 2.6 kgs
English, French and Arabic
and his wife Henriette Sabbagh Tohmé are two well-known
Lebanese biologists. They had long careers in teaching and research
at the Lebanese University and Georges was President of the University
from 1980 to 1988. He was director of the Unesco International
Bureau of Education in Geneva (1988 - 1992) and President of the
Board of Administration of the National Council for Scientific
Research, CNRS since 1993.
Georges and Henriette Tohmé have worked closely together
in the fields of education and research. Their special interest
in environmental protection is reflected in their scientific publications
as well as in their public activities. Their work included over
sixty scientific publications on entomology.
They are also engaged in the task of spreading their own passion
and respect of nature to the public at large: "our aim has
always been to share our knowledge and our love of Nature with
others". This desire has resulted in the publication of several
books, notably "The Ecology of Lebanon" (1985), "Wild
Mammals of Lebanon" (1985), "Birds of Lebanon"
(1986), "Terrestrial Shells of Lebanon" (1988), "Education
et Protection de l'Environnement (1991), "A Thousand and
One Flowers of Lebanon" (2002), in addition to over a hundred
brochures and monographs in this filed.
In this new edition of "Illustrated Flora of Lebanon"
the description of 2612 wild plants of Lebanon, is done in English
1277 species of Lebanese plants (about 48.8 %) are specific to
Lebanon and to the other countries of the East Mediterranean Region.
Others are found in Europe or North Africa, in the Mediterranean
basin or Central Asia.
108 endemic Lebanese plants have been studied and photographed
by the authors, four of them still missing or extinct. The authors
have personally collected, photographed and identified all wild
plants from all regions of Lebanon and particularly from Natural
Reserves. However they are still missing 58 species reported by
Mouterde. The photos of these missing species were taken in the
MNHN collections in Paris (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle).
The main characteristics of a plant are printed in italic.
Moreover, 119 plants found in Lebanon and not reported by Mouterde
are described for the first time of the authors.
Plants are classified in alphabetical order of families, genera
and species. English, French are Arabic names are reported as
they are recorded in different local dictionaries or in European
floras. Some Arabic names are reproduced as they are still used
by local villagers.
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