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National Geographic Field Guide to the Trees of North America (Paperback) (Keith Rushforth & Charles
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Ideal for backpacks and back pockets alike, this indispensable reference makes it easy to identify any tree commonly encountered between the Canadian Arctic and Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific?more than 350 species in all. It's a natural for birders, hikers, and other outdoorsy types, but even confirmed urbanites will find plenty of information on city trees as well. Concise yet comprehensive, the book's clear, methodical approach enables anyone to recognize trees at a glance. Developed in consultation with botanists from The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Cornell University's renowned Bailey Hortorium, it separates species into two fundamental types: conifers and broad-leaved, then organizes them into genera based on common characteristics, presenting each in its presumed order of evolution. Major differences between species groups are explained, with advice on which parts of a tree to examine when a closer look is required. More than 1,000 annotated illustrations depict the height, shape, foliage, buds and seed of each species, with trees bearing a strong resemblance shown side by side to highlight their distinctive differences. The accompanying text and system of symbols provide the important details on features and habitat essential to quick, reliable identifications, while graphical keys indicate genus and species, listing both scientific and common names. The guide also includes a map charting tree hardiness and distribution based on widely recognized climactic zones; general information about individual species traits and history, a glossary; and more.
This indispensable and portable guide covers more than 350 species found between the Canadian Arctic and Mexico and features more than 1,000 color illustrations, identification keys, and a glossary and index. Introductory pages describe nomenclature, distribution, and how to use the guide. Profiles of the different species include an illustration of the complete tree as well as close-ups of leaves, buds, flowers, and fruit. Graphical symbols are used throughout as a quick means of conveying identification features and habitat information. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Number of Pages: 262
Sub-Genre: Trees, North America
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Keith Rushforth & Charles Hollis
Street Date: February 21, 2006
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-8111
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