By J. B. Hall, M. D. Swaine (auth.)
It is a privilege to be requested and a fulfilling responsibility for me to jot down the foreword of this booklet. The conservation and clever utilisation of the humid tropical forests, a special biome, are concerns of serious challenge and significance to thousands dwelling inside of and round those forests and, probably, much less at once, to the totality of mankind. those forests supply many crucial services for mankind. The record is long and needn't be repeated right here. Suffice it to assert that there are usually not many features of human task which don't utilise a few of these items, providers or derivatives therefrom. but it's the view of these so much heavily linked to the research of those forests that what's recognized is yet a minuscule element of whatthere is to understand. the goods and prone now utilised, are probably a few infinitesimal a part of the entire capability. everywhere in the tropical international, even if, those forests are being destroyed. before everything, slowly, yet now absolutely accumulating pace. this is often real additionally of Ghana. Tracts offorest land are switched over to different makes use of, frequently ephemeral and never sustained. Irreversible adjustments ensue in our surroundings. The earnings are shortlived, the losses unobtrusively acquire and remain perpetually. The accelerating price of deforestation, within the face of our rather scanty wisdom of this biome, is certainly a tragic mirrored image of the kingdom of human affairs. it truly is during this surroundings that one welcomes this publication through Messrs. J. B. corridor and M. D. Swaine.
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Only three of the endemic species are sufficiently abundant to justify mapping - Cola umbratilis (Map 155), Uvariopsis globiflora (Map 615), and Talbotiella gentii (Map 576). Two are neo-endemics, Cola umbratilis being closely related to C. f. of 'wet' forest in Liberia and western Ivory Coast, and Uvariopsis globiflora being related to U. guineensis Keay, which occurs from Guinee to western Ivory Coast. Both of these occur so close to the I vory Coast that it seems inevitable that they must in places transgress the border.
The vegetation of the 'Sangha River Interval', separating the Lower Guinea and Congolian subcentres is not well known, but includes much swamp forest. The geographical positions of the GuineoCongolian Region, its subdivisions, and adjacent phytochoria, are shown in Fig. 4~4. Once the map has been divided into phytochoria on the basis of endemism, the flora can be divided into corresponding 'elements', and each species assigned to an element according to its distribution. The following elements can be recognised in the Ghana forest flora; we have assigned all our mapped species to one or other of them.
The families of the large lianes (Celastraceae, Combretaceae, Connaraceae, Dichapetalaceae and Loganiaceae), with a total of 115 climbing species, contain virtually no secondary forest species (defined by their absence from primary forest rather than by their presence in secondary forest). Some relatively large families consist mainly of trees: Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae, Ebenaceae, Sapotaceae, Sterculiaceae, Tiliaceae and Violaceae have a combined total of about 180 species of which scarcely any are secondary forest species.