Lives of Conifers: A Comparative Account of the Coniferous Trees

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Dominant throughout the temperate northern hemisphere, conifers form the backbone of boreal ecosystems. This comprehensive reference work explains the complex life cycles of these trees.

Based on more than five decades of study, Graham R. Powell provides an illustrated, guided tour of conifers from seed and reproduction to old age and death. Focusing on the most common species, Powell offers a clear picture of conifers—a type of tree that plays a vital role in various ...

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Overview

Dominant throughout the temperate northern hemisphere, conifers form the backbone of boreal ecosystems. This comprehensive reference work explains the complex life cycles of these trees.

Based on more than five decades of study, Graham R. Powell provides an illustrated, guided tour of conifers from seed and reproduction to old age and death. Focusing on the most common species, Powell offers a clear picture of conifers—a type of tree that plays a vital role in various environmental systems and upon which humankind relies for its lifestyle. The engaging text is peppered throughout with interesting facts and comparative data about well- and lesser-known species.

The Lives of Conifers features hundreds of full-color illustrations and expansive morphological, anatomical, and physiological information about the evergreens. The book includes a glossary of terms and a detailed bibliography for further study.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Quarterly Review of Biology - James E. Eckenwalder
This volume is a must read for anyone interested in exploring or teaching about the lives of conifers.
Economic Botany - Lytton John Musselman
Well edited, well indexed, clearly written, illustrated with 685 color images, this book is a must for anyone dealing with trees of the northeastern United States and Canada and will be a valuable supplement in forestry and botany courses.
Choice
The large-format book is packed with excellent color photographs and diagrams... admirable but quite specialized.
Choice

The large-format book is packed with excellent color photographs and diagrams... admirable but quite specialized.

Quarterly Review of Biology
This volume is a must read for anyone interested in exploring or teaching about the lives of conifers.

— James E. Eckenwalder

Economic Botany
Well edited, well indexed, clearly written, illustrated with 685 color images, this book is a must for anyone dealing with trees of the northeastern United States and Canada and will be a valuable supplement in forestry and botany courses.

— Lytton John Musselman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801892431
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 4.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham R. Powell is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. His research on conifers has been published widely in journals, professional books, and field guides.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction

2 Seeds

3 Young Seedlings

4 Older Seedlings

5 Saplings

6 The Reproductive Stage - Cone and Seed Production

7 The Reproductive Stage - Development of Cones and the Reproductive Process

8 Branch Development in Older Crowns

9 Growth to Old Age, and Death

Appendix

Glossary

Literature Cited

Index

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