The Genus Meconopsis: blue poppies and their relatives

The Genus Meconopsis: blue poppies and their relatives

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The Genus Meconopsis: blue poppies and their relatives

Meconopsis is one of the most distinctive and beautiful members of the poppy family, and this is the first monograph published on the group since 1934.
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There is no doubt that Meconopsis is one of the most distinctive and beautiful members of the poppy family, Papaveraceae. Distributed across the Sino-Himalaya region from Pakistan to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tibet and western China, many of the species have a great deal of horticultural as well as botanical appeal, and yet there is no single major work on this plant group.

The first monograph of the genus Meconopsis was written in 1934 by George Taylor, later Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Taylor included 41 species in his account and since that time no major revision of the genus has been undertaken. Taking into account modern morphological and genetic studies, along with the discovery of new species in the intervening years, the number of species now stands at 70.

This new and complete revision of Meconopsis takes into account all the work published since Taylor's monograph, coupled with field observations by the author and other renowned experts. The book is extensively illustrated with color photographs of these beautiful and striking plants taken in the wild, showing the inherent variability seen in some species. The plants are also illustrated in 20 stunning color botanical paintings. Species descriptions include habitat and variation within the genus, with distribution illustrated in 20 maps.

About the author
Christopher Grey-Wilson was a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for 22 years. He has edited Curtis's Botanical Magazine and The Plantsman in the past, and today The Alpine Gardener. He is the author of numerous books including Guide to the Flowers of Western China and The Rock Garden Plant Primer, and has been awarded five gold medals by the Royal Horticultural Society. In 2007 he was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's highest accolade, a Victoria Medal of Honour (VMH).

Additional Info

Additional Info

  1. Author: Christopher Grey-Wilson
  2. 432pp. 300 colour photographs, 20 colour botanical paintings, 20 distribution maps. 288 x 238mm. Hardback
  3. ISBN 9781842463697
  4. Kew Publishing, 2014

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