238 pages, 700+ colour photos
Language: Bilingual in English and Chinese
China is one of the countries with abundant ferns and more than half their species are distributed in southwestern China. The lands of Yunnan Province are located on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau and extend to the Hengduan Mountains in southwestern China. The landscapes and natural environments in this province are of extreme complexity. There are huge and high mountains, deep and long valleys with multiple rivers and lakes in Yunnan. The variety of climates in the province produce wonderful possibilities for plant diversity, which has enhanced Yunnan being awarded the honorable title of Plant Kingdom. More than 1500 species of ferns are reported in Yunnan and the rare species and endangered species in them are premier in China.
Investigations of living ferns are mainly focused on the description of sporophytes and the illustration of their features displayed by concise drawings. Color photographs of sporophytes and gametophytes of living ferns as well as the mature reproductive organs have previously been very rarely published.
In the last 5 years, we have successfully cultured many of the ferns growing wild in Yunnan. They grow luxuriantly and complete both generations under cultivation. We have also induced spores to germinate under aseptic condition and to grow them into gametophytes. Excellent photographs of living sporophytes, reproductive organs and gametophytes of ferns were taken and assembled for Yunnan Ferns of China of ferns of Yunnan.
More than 700 photographs of living ferns in Yunnan in Yunnan Ferns of China cover 172 species of 72 genera in 28 families, and display their characteristics and habitat in beautiful color and in detail. The atlas includes their systematics with appended index.
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