‘The Genus Schefflera in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo’ book shares the knowledge found by the local and international minds of Schefflera, commonly known as the “Umbrella” plant or Miampalad that can be found in North Borneo. It describes 32 Schefflera taxa, including 29 species, from the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo. However, prior to this work, only seven species of Schefflera in Sabah had published names and none had been described from the state in the last 100 years.
During the official book launch, YB Puan Christina Liew, Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah stated that the documentation of flora and fauna is important especially for a State that relies on conservation and tourism. “There are substantial challenges in documenting lesser known species, yet documentation of the number of species and their distribution in the State will allow the formulation of plants for conservation and development that maximises value to everyone, both local and overseas. Outstanding books require outstanding and experienced publishers. Without a doubt, the grand majority of books about Sabah’s biodiversity in the last 25 years have been published by Natural History Publications located here in Kota Kinabalu”, she added.
The 239-page book was co-published by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and co-written by Dr Aida Shafreena Ahmad Puad of UNIMAS, and Professsor Dr Todd Barkman of West Michigan University.
The Genus Schefflera in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo RM 230.00
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