Firefly Encyclopedia Of Trees

by Steve Cafferty

Firefly Books | August 24, 2010 | Hardcover

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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, subtropical, tropical.

The main part of the encyclopedia is the A-Z directory of the world''s trees:

  • 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 applicable, blossoms.
  • 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 fruit
  • 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 4.57 × 3.69 × 0.39 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554070511

ISBN - 13: 9781554070510

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Firefly Encyclopedia Of Trees

by Steve Cafferty

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 288 pages, 4.57 × 3.69 × 0.39 in

Published: August 24, 2010

Publisher: Firefly Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554070511

ISBN - 13: 9781554070510

About the Book

Comprehensive reference to all conifer genera, major temperate broadleaves and important tropical trees. Provides a complete profile of each tree group, including fact panel, distribution map, list of major species, botany and economic uses.

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Introduction Human beings have an affinity for trees. They inspire us, wherever we live. In cities they soften the urban landscape and help to keep us in tune with the changing seasons. Trees are an integral part of the rural environment and, even in regions where they are not, we plant them around our dwellings for shelter, fuel, timber, and their fruits. Particular trees are identified with different areas: the Chestnuts and Elms of the northeastern United States, the Redwoods of California, the Live Oaks of the South, to the conifers of the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. England is synonymous with its Oak, the Mediterranean with its olive groves and cypresses. This authoritative volume gives insight into the huge diversity of trees. In fact, in the twenty-first century, we are surrounded by an unnatural diversity as numerous tree species have been introduced from around the world, greatly enriching our natural and manmade environments. Our relationship with trees is an enduring one, though that with forests has changed since earlier generations. Where they saw the frontier wilderness of Jack London and James Fenimore Cooper, or the green hell of the unrelenting jungle, we see forests under threat from logging, pollution, or climate change. Trees now need our help to survive -- but the story is by no means uniformly bleak. The Gingko, or Maidenhair Tree, the Dawn Redwood, and the Wollemi Pine are remnants of the great gymnosperm forests of the Mesozoic Era, ho
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Table of Contents

Introduction

  • How the Encyclopedia is Organized
  • How the Classification Works

What is a Tree?

  • Morphological Characters
  • Structural Diversity
  • Tree Shapes
  • Trunk and Wood Structure
  • Deconstructing Wood
  • Bark
  • The Root System
  • Modified Roots
  • Leaves
  • Flowers and Fruits
  • The Growth of Trees

Forests

  • The Forest Ecosystem
  • Forest Dynamics
  • Forests of Mankind

Trees and Mankind

  • Forestry
  • Forest Products
  • Forests and Society
  • Climate: the Deciding Factor

Trees of Every Kind

  • Tree-Ferns
  • The Maidenhair Tree
  • Cycads
  • Conifers
  • Temperate Broadleaves
  • Trees of the Tropics

Further Reading
Picture Credits
Glossary
Index of Common Names
Index of Latin Names

From the Publisher

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, subtropical, tropical.

The main part of the encyclopedia is the A-Z directory of the world''s trees:

  • 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 applicable, blossoms.
  • 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 fruit
  • 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.

About the Author

Steve Cafferty, M.Sc. is a botanist at the Natural History Museum in London, England. He was for many years a horticulturist in the tropical department of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and is widely published in scientific journals.

edited by Steve Cafferty, M.Sc.

Editorial Reviews

Packed with photos and illustrations, introductory information about basic tree biology and terminology as well as forestry and silviculture background, the initial chapters set the stage for individual tree profiles that follow... if you don''t know a larch from a hemlock, here is a great place to start recognizing the differences.
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