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Remarkable TreesArtist/Author: Harrison, Christina, Tony Kirkham
Trees have long been special to us, not only for their innate beauty and character, but also through the ages they have been central to human existence in numerous ways. They provide us with vital ingredients for life – food, medicine, building materials, resins and spices, even the oxygen we breathe.
Ecologically they are crucial in controlling pollution and moderating climate, and culturally they have great significance in religion, folklore and art. Increasingly, it has also been shown that as well as greening our lives they can improve our health and mental well-being.
More than 60,000 species of trees are found in an amazing variety of forms, sizes and habitats. Every tree has its own story and here are over 60, selected for their particular resonance and connection with humankind – revealing their ecological, historical and cultural significance and representing most of the world’s major zones and climates.
In portraits that combine vivid cultural and historical narrative with a firm scientific grounding, the authors reveal the details of trees from around the world, both familiar and strange – from the timber of mahogany to the delights of chocolate and pomegranate, from the medicinal tea tree to the deadly manchineel, and from fragrant frankincense to the highly prized dragon’s blood tree.
Field Guide to New Zealand’s Native TreesArtist/Author: Dawson, John, Rob Lucas
If the monumental New Zealand’s Native Trees has inspired you to venture into the outdoors to look more closely at our unique tree flora, this field guide is the perfect companion to take along. Compact enough to fit in a day-pack, it contains detailed information on all native trees found on the main islands of New Zealand, including Stewart Island and the Chathams.
Field Guide to New Zealand’s Native Trees is organised in three main sections – conifers, tree ferns and flowering trees – and covers 209 species. A visual key to leaf shapes will help to narrow down the identification of the numerous flowering trees. Under each species, headings such as Distribution & Habitat, Size, Bark, Foliage & Habit, Flowers & Fruit lead readers straight to relevant information, and a panel of Distinguishing Features is a useful aid to quick identification. More than 1500 superb photographs show the whole tree and its key features, some in very close detail.
The most comprehensive and up-to-date field guide to New Zealand’s native trees, this handy and beautiful reference book deserves a place in every home, library and school.
Green Guide to Trees of AustraliaArtist/Author: Krisch, Peter
This title in New Holland’s award-winning Green Guides series investigates the ever-popular subject of Australia’s trees and shrubs, celebrating the beauty, great diversity and unique evolution of the country’s forests.
The structure of this book is similar to that of other titles in the series.
– Fact panels cover interesting aspects of the subject.
– Questions answered include: ‘what is the difference between a tree and a shrub?’, ‘what age can Australian trees reach?’, ‘how tall do trees grow in Australia?’ and ‘how many species of trees and shrubs exist in Australia?’ to name just a few.
– Other sections look at how trees reproduce and how they evolved.
– Identification spreads cover all the key species and families which occur across Australia, including many species of conifers, eucalypts and wattles/acacias.
There are sections on how to identify bottlebrushes, banksias, casuarinas, grevilleas, figs, laurels and many others, including many of the trees and shrubs found in Australia’s species-rich rainforests. The many beautiful images are taken from the author’s own collection which has been built up over many decades.
Whitley Award Winner: Best Zoological Series
Forests and Trees of Brunei DarussalamArtist/Author: Wong, K.M. and A.S. Kamariah.
Packed into the small area of Brunei Darussalam is an amazing plant diversity of nearly 3500 species of indigenous seed plants. Almost 3% of these are rare and endemic to Brunei, and nearly half of the overall Brunei seed-plant flora is not known outside of Borneo. This book gives an overview of Brunei Darussalams varied rain forests and its incredibly rich plant wealth, and explains why the rain forests are an important aspect of conservation.