Najma Dharani, the author and photographer, holds a PhD in Plant and Environmental Ecology. She works at Kenyatta University in the Department of Plant Sciences and as Consultant Research Scientist at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • An Illustrated Guide to Medicinal Plants of East Africa

    Medicinal Plants of East Africa is the first photographically illustrated guide to showcase the most important healing plants of the region. e book describes 136 plant species in everyday use in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Brief descriptions of each species cover that plant’s appearance, ecology and specific medicinal uses. To aid identification, more than 600 colour photographs have been included. Also included are recipes for remedies to treat a wide range of ailments. An easy-to-understand summary of the science behind the treatments concludes each section.

    Supplementary features:
    – Introduction to the medicinal virtues and active ingredients of plants
    – Common methods of preparing medicines from plant materials
    – Summary of ailments and the plants prescribed to treat them
    – Glossaries of medical and botanical terminology and extensive reference lists.

    Medicinal Plants of East Africa will appeal to ethnobotanists, health and wellness practitioners, travellers and all with an interest in the remarkable healing properties of plants.

  • Field Guide to Trees & Shrubs of East Africa

    Fully updated and expanded, this third edition of the top-selling Field Guide to Common Trees & Shrubs of East Africa now features more than 520 of the trees and shrubs – indigenous and naturalized exotics – commonly found in the region.

    Each of the four sections – trees, shrubs, palms and mangroves – is arranged in alphabetical order according to scientific name. The book features:

    An informative introduction to families.
    Species accounts describing the plants’ habitat, bark, leaves, fl owers and fruit.
    General and commercial applications and uses in traditional medicine.
    Almost 2,000 photographs depicting the species, its fruit, fl owers and bark.
    Glossaries, both textual and illustrated, of botanical and medical terms.