A comprehensive new reference work on the trees of the
world, with fully illustrated A-Z directory.
The Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees covers the
entire world of trees with outstanding text and abundant
illustrations and photography. Forests and woods cover 30% of the
world''s land surface. This book describes the forest ecosystem and
the four major forest types of the world: boreal, temperate,
The main part of the encyclopedia is the A-Z directory of the
- Species identification tables, fact boxes, and thumbnail maps
show the distribution of native trees.
- Information for each tree includes a concise taxonomic
description and explains where the tree grows naturally.
- Color photographs and illustrations depict each family in
summer and fall, bark texture, leaves, seeds and nuts, and where
- Captions describe the dimensions and characteristics of each
tree in exacting detail.
Other interesting features of the encyclopedia include:
- Detailed descriptions of tree structures: shapes, trunk
structure, root systems, leaf shapes and functions, flowers and
- Notable forests around the world
- Effect of trees on economies and societies
- Further reading section
- Extensive glossary
- Comprehensive indexes of common and scientific names.
The Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees features the
familiar as well as the exotic. The Baobab, for instance, can store
tens of thousands of gallons in water in its light, fleshy wood,
remains leafy during droughts, and provides a natural source of
water for people and animals alike.