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The flora of China is astonishing in its diversity. With 32,500 species of vascular plants, over fifty per cent of which are endemic, it has more botanical variety than anywhere else in the world and provides unbroken connections to all its landscapes - from tropical to subtropical, temperate and boreal forests. This book tells the story of the plants of China: from the evolution of the flora through time to the survey of the bioclimatic zones, soundly based on chapters with information on climate, physical geography and soils. The history of botany and its study are also examined, with chapters dedicated to forestry, medicinal plants and ornamentals, with the changing flora, aliens, extinction and conservation also discussed. An essential read for years to come, The Plants of China shows that an understanding of the flora of China is crucial to interpreting plant evolution and fossil history elsewhere in the world.
Ranging from miniature epiphytic orchids to towering trees, and from mangrove forests lining coastal waterways to high-elevation cloud forests, Costa Rica's rich and varied flora dazzles visitors and botanists alike. Tropical Plants of Costa Rica, the first popular treatment to include plants from all regions of the country, is an indispensable guide to native and exotic species found in the neotropics.This book is beautifully illustrated with more than 540 full-color photographs taken in the field, each depicting an entire plant or a closer view of flowers, fruits, or seeds. Instructive pen-and-ink drawings of botanical details also accompany many of the accounts. The text clearly explains each plant's identifying characteristics and reveals fascinating facts about its natural history, chemical properties, economic importance, and medicinal and other uses. Sidebar features throughout the book highlight conservation, ethnobotany, and ecology; their topics include unusual applications for plants, distinct attributes of certain plant families, and plants of particular microhabitats. Tropical Plants of Costa Rica is a wonderful resource for naturalists, students, and researchers, as well as both experienced and first-time visitors to Costa Rica and the American tropics.
The European Garden Flora is the definitive manual for the accurate identification of cultivated ornamental flowering plants. Designed to meet the highest scientific standards, the vocabulary has nevertheless been kept as uncomplicated as possible so that the work is fully accessible to the informed gardener as well as to the professional botanist. This new edition has been thoroughly reorganised and revised, bringing it into line with modern taxonomic knowledge. Although European in name, the Flora covers plants cultivated in most areas of the United States and Canada as well as in non-tropical parts of Asia and Australasia. Volume 3 contains accounts of 47 families, including those formerly included in the Leguminosae (Mimosaceae, Caesalpiniaceae, Fabaceae) as well as the large and important Rosaceae. Also included are those families formerly covered by the name Saxifragaceae (Saxifragaceae in the strict sense, Penthoraceae, Grossulariaceae, Parnassiaceae, Hydrangeaceae and Escalloniaceae).
The north-eastern region of Queensland is one of Earth's most fortunate places. People come from all over the world to experience the reef and rainforest, and this panoramic gift book is a wonderful souvenir that showcases many of the marvellous attractions in this tropical paradise.
Australia enjoys a vast array of unique and fascinating plants that are not only vital to our ecosystem but provide a spectacular environment. This WILD AUSTRALIA GUIDE features up-to-date information on the state of our native plants and the importance of their future for all creatures. From ancient cycads to our national icon, the gum tree, to wildflower-carpeted deserts following rain - Australia's plant life really is stunning. This practical field guide opens the doors to this magnificent world, enabling the reader to identify plants by referring to the superb images and text that offers a wealth of information on habitat, ecology, propagation and our native flora's interdependence with our fauna. A valuable reference for your own garden at home, you will want to keep this handy whenever you're out and about in our wonderful outdoors as well. Steve Parish WILD AUSTRALIA GUIDES have a slimline and contemporary format with a flexible cover, making them attractive as well as convenient. The cover's gloss varnish protects the book when outdoors too, so it's perfect for stowing in the car's glove compartment or in your backpack!