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Cycads Of The World

Author : David Jones
ISBN : 187633469X
Genre : Nature
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With Cycads Of The World, David Jones has achieved that difficult task of writing a scientifically accurate text which is both easy to read and understand. The book covers all 185 living species in their 11 genera. It has over 250 colour photographs, many descriptive maps and 16 fine old colour engravings previously hidden away in antique volumes. The book will appeal to gardeners, landscape architects, horticulturists, botanists, conservationists and curious general readers alike.
Category: Nature

The Island Of The Colorblind

Author : Oliver Sacks
ISBN : 9780345805898
Genre : Psychology
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Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace. Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll of Pingelap by intriguing reports of an isolated community of islanders born totally color-blind, Sacks finds himself setting up a clinic in a one-room island dispensary, where he listens to these achromatopic islanders describe their colorless world in rich terms of pattern and tone, luminance and shadow. And on Guam, where he goes to investigate the puzzling neurodegenerative paralysis endemic there for a century, he becomes, for a brief time, an island neurologist, making house calls with his colleague John Steele, amid crowing cockerels, cycad jungles, and the remains of a colonial culture. The islands reawaken Sacks's lifelong passion for botany--in particular, for the primitive cycad trees, whose existence dates back to the Paleozoic--and the cycads are the starting point for an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of islands, the dissemination of species, the genesis of disease, and the nature of deep geologic time. Out of an unexpected journey, Sacks has woven an unforgettable narrative which immerses us in the romance of island life, and shares his own compelling vision of the complexities of being human. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Psychology

Cultivated Palms Of The World

Author : Don Ellison
ISBN : 0868406112
Genre : Nature
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Provides the most comprehensive photographic reference ever published on palms in cultivation. Full colour illustrations throughout.
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ISBN : 9780226568706
Genre : Nature
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Combines text with colorful photographs to chronicle the species of animals and plants that are biological relics of a bygone era.
Category: Nature

Palms Cycads Around The World

Author : Jack Krempin
ISBN : CORNELL:31924059238539
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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Written by retired nurseryman, seedsman and horticultural writer T1000 Decorative Plants, 1983' this book attempts to provide a comprehensive guide to the palms and cycads of the world. Contains information on origins, habitat, propagation and care of both species. Includes colour photographs and descriptions of all known varieties and a detailed index. Profusely illustrated.
Category: Technology & Engineering

From The Ends Of The Earth

Author : Christian Lamb
ISBN : 1903071089
Genre : Gardening
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What risks did the early plant collectors take to bring us the plants we know and love? Who foudn what and where? And how similar are their finds to the plants we grow today? Christian Lamb has been to extraordinary lengths to find out. This lively and richly-illustrated book is all about the special plants that Christian grows in her small garden in Cornwall, which she calls her 'Living Plant Museum'.
Category: Gardening

A Revised Handbook Of The Flora Of Ceylon

Author : M. D. Dassanayake
ISBN : 905410791X
Genre : Science
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This volume is the 14th in a series devoted to the flora of Ceylon. There are descriptions of most plant families, including: agavaceae; alismataceae; alliaceae; aloaceae; amaryllidaceae; anthericaceae; arecaceae; asparagaceae; berberidaceae; bromeliaceae; and cannaceae.
Category: Science

Invasive Species In The New Caledonian Archipelago A Major Economic And Environmental Hazard

Author : Marie-Laure Beauvais
ISBN : 2709916134
Genre : Science
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La biodiversité calédonienne, reconnue comme l’une des plus exceptionnelles avec son fort taux d’endémisme, est largement menacée par l’introduction de nouvelles espèces. Il est donc important de protéger l’écosystème calédonien, à la fois riche et vulnérable, des espèces envahissantes, l’une des principales causes de perte de la biodiversité à l’échelle mondiale. Face à cette menace, le Gouvernement et les trois provinces de Nouvelle-Calédonie souhaitent mettre en place une structure collective afin de définir les orientations stratégiques nécessaires pour préserver et conserver leur biodiversité. Elles ont ainsi voulu qu’un état des connaissances soit dressé et qu’une réflexion soit menée sur la prévention, la détection précoce, l’intervention rapide, l’éradication, le confinement et le contrôle des espèces envahissantes. Cette expertise collégiale apporte les éléments nécessaires à la construction d’un système de biosécurité pertinent et efficace pour l’archipel néo-calédonien.
Category: Science