A Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica

A Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica

A Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica

A Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica


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At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts one of the widest varieties of plants in the wold, with habitats ranging from tidal mangrove swamps, and lowland rainforests, to dry tropical evergreen and deciduous forests.

Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica is a must-have reference guide for beginner and expert naturalists alike. It provides a thorough survey of more than 850 plant species, each entry accompanied by color photos and a concise yet detailed narrative description. Plants are conveniently grouped by the different types of vegetation: palms, tall trees, shrubs, woody vines, herbaceous vines, herbs, grasses and ferns. Along with 1400 color photographs, the guide also includes an illustrated glossary of plant parts, five maps of Costa Rica, and laminated covers for durability in the field. With so much readily accessible information, this book is essential for exploring Costa Rica's common and conspicuous flora from the plants growing along the roadside to the best natural parks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199884926
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 03/07/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 48 MB
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Table of Contents

Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xvii
Geography     xviii
Climate     xix
Notes for Photographers     xix
A Little Tropical Plant Ecology     xxi
Methods and Justifications     xxxi
Distribution and "Commonness" of Plants     xxxv
Limitations of this Guide     xxxvii
How to Use This Book     xxxix
Illustrated Plant Terms     xli
Palms and Palmlike Plants     1
Tall Trees     21
Shrubs and Small Trees     85
Woody Vines (Lianas)     229
Herbaceous Vines     247
Herbs     277
Grasses and Sedges     419
Ferns and Other Seedless Plants     435
Glossary     463
References     469
Index     479
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