Firefly Encyclopedia of Trees

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Stephen Cafferty
Firefly Books, 2005 - Nature - 288 pages

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.

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Contents

Contents
6
The Forest Ecosystem
25
Trees and Mankind
33
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

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.

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