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Conifers Around the World (2-Volume Set)

Flora / Fauna

By: Zsolt Debreczy, István Rácz and Kathy Musial

1089 pages, 3700+ photos, 1300 illustrations, 474 distribution maps, all in colour


Hardback | Mar 2012 | #157983 | ISBN-13: 9789632190617
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About this book

Conifers Around the World presents 541 taxa of conifers of 56 genera, including several that are new to science.

This book is the outcome of an ambitious 30-year project to search out and document all the conifers in the world's temperate zones and their adjacent regions--if possible in their most pristine natural habitats. The authors spent almost 2000 days in the field on the trail of conifers. They were able to visit and document the world's most inaccessible conifer taxa and to include the accompanying flora and vegetation in their documentation. They compiled a collection of 340,000 photographs representing thousands of taxa and backed with precise documentation.

The two volumes contain:
- An in-depth, richly illustrated 86-page introduction to conifers and the regions to which they are native.
- Species plates, arranged geographically into 11 regions, each containing three to five detail photos that highlight the species' most characteristic features and one image showing the tree(s) growing in the wild. A brief text accompanying each plate provides essential descriptive and historical information. (The Appendix in Volume 2 contains images and very short descriptions of 28 additional conifer taxa.)
- 175 habitat photographs showing the most picturesque conifer habitats on five continents.
- A unique "Bark Gallery" containing 646 color photographs taken in the wild.
- a 44-page chapter on the 7 conifer families and 56 genera discussed in the book, containing over 1 200 detail drawings including a 6-page graphic essay of the pollen cones of each genus.
- 474 distribution maps that provide a visual image of the natural range of each species discussed.

Conifers Around the World will appeal to a wide variety of readers, from scholars to armchair travelers. The book's unique organization presents the species by region, offering a realistic picture of their worldwide distribution. Starting in Europe, the reader is invited to follow the conifers through Asia Minor and North Africa to China and Japan, then to the Americas (explored from west to east and then south), and finally to Tasmania and New Zealand. By presenting, for example, all the Southeast Asian conifers consecutively on 150 pages, their whole ecological range is brought together as never before. One can, as it were, audition a region's trees in the wild, and see how great age and the forces of nature can vary the appearance of even well known species.

"No one else has studied so many conifers in their native habitats throughout the world. Debreczy's study has been of worldwide significance and is an incredible undertaking that may never be matched by anyone else."
- Bill Thomas, former president, American Conifer Society



Dedication VII
Forewords VIII
Preface X
Major Supporters XII
Acknowledgments XIII
Photograph Credits XV
About the Book: The Scope and Structure XVI
List of Abbreviations XIX
Prologue XX

About Conifers 3
Conifer Families and Genera 87
Europe and Adjacent Regions 133
Continental Asia and Hainan 225
Japan and Adjacent Islands 449
Taiwan 503
Quick Finder Index to Vol. 1 532


North America--General Introduction 541
Western North America 549
Eastern North America 653
Mexico and Central America 702
West Indies and Bermuda 831
Chile and Argentina 859
Australia & Tasmania 881
New Zealand 903

Bark Gallery 929
Appendix 1005
Glossary 1038
Range Map Sources 1041
References 1042
List of Conifer Scientific Names 1056
List of Conifer Common Names 1072
Quick Finder Index to Vols. 1-2 1082
Epilogue 1089

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