Published on 20 August 2004
The second volume of the Flora of French Polynesia continues the inventory initiated by Jacques Florence, who authored in 1997 in the same collection a first volume focusing on the plant heritage of the Polynesian archipelagos. Thirty-three families are described here with their main botanical traits and data on their phenology, geographical distribution and local uses. Identification keys are provided for each taxonomical level, making it possible to identify the different taxa on the basis of simple macroscopic features. The focus is on native species, and particularly on endemics, some of which are known from a single island only. Descriptions are given of several new species and of naturalized exotic species, which often dominate the landscape. Cultivated species are described more briefly. This book provides specialists, naturalists and decision-makers with an up-to-date inventory of one of the most remarkable examples of natural heritage in the Pacific Ocean.