8 February 2013

Kenya: British Botanist Launches Book

Andrew Agnew is a British botanist with links to Kenya. He was a professor at the University of Nairobi when Kenya was still a new Republic in the late 1960s and 1970s. He was also at one time the chairman of the Nairobi Museum Society.

During this period he published many papers, the most comprehensive book being Uplands Kenya Wild Flowers and Ferns in 1974. The book was the definitive cataloguing of the plant life in the Kenyan Uplands.

On Wednesday Agnew launched the third version of this book at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi's Museum. The event was attended by a cross-section of people both academics and enthusiasts from the botany community locally as well as internationally.

"These books come out every 20 years and at my age I don't think I will be able to make it,' said Agnew on whether he will be doing another edition of the book.

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