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The Plant Life of China: Diversity and Distribution / Edition 1

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Overview

An authoritative account of the fascinating plant life of China, written by two botanical experts. Chinese plant life is estimated to include up to 30000 species and extends from the Himalayan snow line across a diversity of habitats to the lush tropical south. Although for many years access to Chinese plants was limited, the present situation provides an opportunity for a new and authoritative assessment of botanical treasure-houses such as Yunnan and Sichuan. It will be of interest to those working in agriculture, alternative medicine, plant conservation, ecology, genetics, horticulture, molecular biology and taxonomy.

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"The book gives access to interesting information which is hardly available from other sources such as medical use or a list of botanic gardens in China … . For students in China or foreign botanists intending a travel in China or seeking cooperation with China scientists, the book is … a helpful source of information." (Th. Stützel, Feddes Repertorium, Vol. 114 (3-4), 2003)

"This book is … a labour of love that distils the knowledge of plants in China of two scholars who have plenty of experience on the subject matter. … It covers a specialized niche and hence it mainly caters to readers with botanical training with a taxonomic bent, and with an interest in the highly divergent flora of a country with a long history of plant study and usage." (C. Y. Jim, China Quarterly, 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642075995
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 12/6/2010
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 257

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to Chinese Plant Science.- 2. Landscape and Climate.- 3. Native Plant Distribution.- 4. From Domestication to the Arrival of the Western Plant Collectors.- 5. Trees.- 6. Shrubs and Climbers.- 7. Herbs.- 8. Alpines.- 9. Medicinal Plants and the Meeting of Two Traditions.- 10. Camellia.- 11. Anemone and Primula.- 12. Rhododendron.- 13. Rosa.- 14. Chinese Plant Diversity and Its Modern Literature.- 15. Conservation in Practice.- Appendices.- 1. A Summary of Famine Foods Listed in the Chiu Huang Pen Tsao (1406).- 2. Botanic Gardens and Arboreta across China.- 3. Chinese Dynasties.- References.- Index of Classical Chinese Texts.- Taxonomic Index.- Author Index.- Sketch Map of China.

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