The Kew Temperate Plant Families Identification Handbook
The Kew Temperate Plant Families Identification Handbook brings together the combined knowledge of Kew experts in a guide to the commonly encountered plants of temperate regions.
Authors: Gemma Bramley, Anna Trias Blasi and Richard Wilford. 232pp. 234 x 156 mm. 1,200 colour photographs, 100 maps. Paperback, ISBN 9781842467725, Kew Publishing 2023.
The Kew Temperate Plant Families Identification Handbook brings together the combined knowledge of Kew experts in a guide to the commonly encountered plants of temperate regions. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a centre of expertise for cultivating a range of plants from around the world, especially temperate plants which are grown in the Arboretum, Alpine House and Temperate House, as well as at Wakehurst. In this book, Kew’s experts have accumulated an unsurpassed practical knowledge of the plants they encounter, both scientific and horticultural.
The world’s temperate regions can be defined as the areas between the subtropics and the polar circles, where the climate is varied and usually has distinct seasons, although the nature and duration of these seasons depend on latitude. The temperate zones of the globe comprise many different vegetation types, such as Mediterranean biomes, deciduous forests, temperate rainforests, coniferous forests and meadows and prairies, each rich in plant life.
100 plant families are described in detail and richly illustrated with photographs showing the important identification characters, along with distribution maps, line drawings and herbarium sheets. This book is the primary resource for plant identification for those working in temperate regions around the world.
Gemma Bramley is a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her research interests are focused on the Lamiaceae and Gesneriaceae families, especially from South-East Asia. She is co-editor of The Kew Tropical Plant Families Identification Handbook (Kew Publishing, 2016). Anna Trias Blasi is also a botanist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where her research is focused on the Vitaceae family. Richard Wilford is a horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where he is Manager of Garden Design. He is the author of several books including The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing Bulbs (Frances Lincoln, 2019) and Alpines, from Mountain to Garden (Kew Publishing, 2010).
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