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Guide to the Flowers of Western China

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Unrivaled in the temperate latitudes of the world, China’s rich flora comprises 30,000 species of plants, and nowhere is this floral richness more evident than in western China. With its lush forests, meandering rivers, and majestic mountains, the west of China has been a center of plant exploration for over two centuries, giving rise to many well-known species of trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs that populate our parks and botanical institutes, including rhododendron, orchids, peonies, and roses.

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Overview

Unrivaled in the temperate latitudes of the world, China’s rich flora comprises 30,000 species of plants, and nowhere is this floral richness more evident than in western China. With its lush forests, meandering rivers, and majestic mountains, the west of China has been a center of plant exploration for over two centuries, giving rise to many well-known species of trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs that populate our parks and botanical institutes, including rhododendron, orchids, peonies, and roses.

            
Guide to the Flowers of Western China describes and illustrates more than two thousand species, from the common to the endemic to the extremely rare. Plant families are arranged following the latest DNA-based classification, making this pictorial guide— the largest and most comprehensive on western China ever published—essential for gardeners and plant scientists.

Celebrating the wealth of western China’s vast flora, this magnificent volume will enable the horticulturally inclined traveler (or armchair traveler) to identify many of the plants encountered in the wild.

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“This extensive compendium written by the highly qualified Grey-Wilson and Cribb is a celebration of the richest flora in China. . . . Readable and easy to use; it is a must have for anyone interested in the flora of the western part of China, endemic home of many now-treasured garden plants.”

Choice - 2012 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

“This extensive compendium written by the highly qualified Grey-Wilson and Cribb is a celebration of the richest flora in China. . . . Readable and easy to use; it is a must have for anyone interested in the flora of the western part of China, endemic home of many now-treasured garden plants.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842461693
  • Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Publication date: 9/15/2011
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Grey-Wilson is the editor of The Alpine Gardener and formerly a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Phillip Cribb is a leading orchid specialist and former Deputy Keeper of the Herbarium and Curator of the Orchid Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Table of Contents


Foreword

Introduction 
Scope of the book 
Area covered 
Selection of species for inclusion 
Nomenclature 
Description of species 
Photography 
Species in cultivation 
China 
    When to go 
    Topography 
    Climate 
    Floristic regions 
    Chinese and other place names 
Further reading 
Maps
Species descriptions 
Gymnosperms 
Angiosperms

Acknowledgements
Selected bibliography
Glossary
Index

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