Liberia Volume 22-34

Liberia Volume 22-34

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...extent in some of the Mandingo 'BfllJ"ns from the for interior. The Liberian forests contain most of the West African timbl'r trees. $nch ebony as is exported, hmvever, does not $00111 to bu' so good as that which is derived from the genus I)i0s1'!/T0?' H is very probably derived from a papilionaceons tree helonglllg the botanical genus of Dalbergia. The wealth of this forest in india-rubber-producing trees, vines, and bushes is without parallel in any other part of Africa, unless it be one or two small areas of the Congo basin. Counting the four rubber-producing figs, there appear_to be at least twenty-two trees, plants, or vines which produce salable rubber. These species include the wellknown and widespread Landalphia 0-wan'ensis and the magnificent Fzmturnia elastica, the rubber tree once so abundant in Lagos colony. The Funlmnia elastica is stated to grow to over 200 feet in height. It closely resembles in appearance the allied species Funtima africana_. but there is a veryconsiderable dif ference in the price of the rubber yielded by the one and the' other_the rubber derived from Fzmtumia africana may, perhaps, be sold for eighteen pence a pound, but the well-prepared!'ubber of Funtumia elastica ranges in valucrfrom three to four 'shillings. The distinctive features of the leaves, flowers, and fruit, which enable the observer to decide whether he is tapping I the valuable or the valueless Funtumia, will shortly be illustrated m my book on Liberia. The range of the Funtumia eIa.stica apPfllrs to extend from the middle of Liberia eastward as far as Western Uganda. It is found in a portion of the Bahr-al-Ghazal region and in the northern part 'of the Congo Free State. The Funtumia afr-icana is more strictly...
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  • Paperback | 458 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 812g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236762096
  • 9781236762092