CLASSIFICATION OF EAST AFRICAN CROPS by John O.Kokwaro
This is a revised modern version of a book first published in 1979. It is a handbook grouping the crops, timber and common ornamental plants found in East Africa into 26 classes. The plants are discussed under two broad categories, namely, usage and commercial classifications. The Type A group of plants, based on usage classification, has 19 classes including the famous such as cereals, fruits, vegetables, legumes, oil crops, fibre crops, forage and fodder plants among them.
Type B group, based on the commercial use of the plants, covers food crops, cash crops, commercial horticultural crops, forbidden crops (drug plants) and bee forage or useful plants for honey bees.
Each class has a full or brief discussion of the crops or useful plants grown in modern East Africa covering Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The most important part of the handbook is the list of all major and minor crops and useful plants in each class containing the English or trade names, botanical names and the families to which they belong. The book has over 70 selected color pictures illustrating different crops and other useful plants. It is an excellent handbook for university and college scholars, students and researchers in agriculture, forestry, environment and animal husbandry.