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Peonies of the World Vol. 2 - Polymorphism and Diversity

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The second part of the three volume set monograph Peonies of the World. This part focusses on polymorphism and diversity and will be of especial intrest to horticulturists and plant geneticists breeding new peony cultivars.

Author: Hong De-Yuan. 112pp. 234 x 156mm. 350 colour photographs. Hardback with jacket, ISBN 9781842464588, Kew Publishing 2011.

This is the second part of the three volume set monograph Peonies of the World, a comprehensive taxonomic revision of the genus Paeonia. Part of Hong De-Yuan's extensive field work on the distribution of the genus Paeonia, and supported by the National Geographical Society, this book contains 356 colour photographs, taken from natural sites, covering all 32 species and 26 subspecies, accompanied with concise descriptions of morphology and distribution. The photographs illustrate the extraordinary variations of morphology, and colour in particular, within individual populations and species, and the uniformity of others. Hong De-Yuan's knowledge of polymorphism and diversity will be immensely valuable in teaching population biology and biodiversity. It is also an object lesson for herbarium taxonomists to be cautious when revising existing taxa or describing new taxa based purely on form. This second volume of Peonies of the World will be of enormous value to horticulturists and plant geneticists breeding new peony cultivars, and is destined to become the definitive guide to species for growers, gardeners and collectors.

Media reviews:

This, the eagerly awaited second volume, looks at the diversity within the genus and particularly that which can be seen within populations of a single species, Gail Harland, The Peony

Together these books [Vols. 1 & 2] provide amateur and expert alike with a clear means of identifying species based on measurable characteristics and an understanding of how they are related, Jo Bennison


HONG De-Yuan is Professor of the State Key Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He is president emeritus of the Botanic Society of China and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is also winner of Engler’s Medal in Gold.

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