Their Natural History

Book - 2000
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Cambridge Univ Pr
The only modern text presenting information on all aspects of tree biology and ecology.
Trees are vital to the healthy functioning of the global ecosystem and unparalleled in the range of materials they provide for human use. This volume is a comprehensive introduction to the natural history of trees, with information on all aspects of tree biology and ecology in easy-to-read and concise language. Peter Thomas uncovers fascinating insights into these ubiquitous plants, addressing in an illuminating way questions such as how trees are designed, how they grow and reproduce, and why they eventually die. Written for a nontechnical audience, the book is nonetheless rigorous in its treatment and a valuable source of reference for beginning students as well as interested lay readers.

Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000
ISBN: 9780521453516
Characteristics: ix, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 06, 2015

Adding to the overview above, the author is based in Britain, but uses examples from around the world including the tropics to illustrate information about trees. There are chapters on leaves, trunks, roots, and flowers/fruits. The most fascinating chapter describes what factors influence a tree's shape. Thorough and scientific but very readable and accessible.


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