Botanical Illustrated Guide to Hong Kong Native Plants

£49.95

Botanical Illustrated Guide to Hong Kong Native Plants Authors: , , Editor: Tin-Hang Wong Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: The Chinese University Press
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Pages: 312 Language: English ISBN: 9789882372702 Categories: , , , , , , ,

This beautifully illustrated guide presents a carefully curated collection of 20 plant species native to Hong Kong, with scientific, detailed pen and ink illustrations and morphological descriptions, providing important reference materials for species authentication. Of the 20 species selected, 15 are rare and endangered species, making this guide of special importance for plant preservation in Hong Kong, as well as for botanists, plant lovers, and illustrators. This is the first volume of Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium Scientific Illustration Series.

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With its numerous beautiful botanical illustrations and informative details of plant morphological features, this book is a remarkable addition to Hong Kong's botanical science collection and flora conservation work. Through this novel approach in integrating botanical knowledge in STEAM education, this book will open the eyes of our citizens, especially the younger generation, and raise their interest and awareness in plants, and contribute to promoting biodiversity conservation in Hong Kong.""-Jenny Y. Y. LAU, Curator of Hong Kong Herbarium, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department ""To see these beautiful illustrations, the photos and the commentary about the plants that accompany them makes us wish that all of the rich and diverse flora of Hong Kong could be treated similarly.""-David E. Boufford, Senior Research Scientist, Harvard University Herbaria & Editorial Committee Member of Flora of China

Author Biography

Dr David T. W. Lau (Author):Curator of the Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr David T. W. Lau is a botanist who has been researching plant taxonomy, herbal authentication and pharmacology. He is now a curator of the Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium in the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is responsible for managing the 'Hong Kong Flora and Vegetation' project. His research and education interests include plant taxonomy, biodiversity and Chinese medicine authentication. Man?Ching Li (Author & Botanical Illustrator):Education Assistant, Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Man?Ching Li graduated from the Department of Journalism and Communication, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, and is pursuing a Master's programme in Environmental Management at the University of Hong Kong. She is currently working at the Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where her major roles include scientific illustration, the Botany STEAM Education Project, and botanical research studies. Born in a small village, she was inspired by the vitality of the Clausena lansium (Lour.) Skeels in her front yard at a young age. Afterwards, she started to use plants as art themes to capture precious moments in nature. After joining the Herbarium team, she had the opportunity to encounter the scientific illustrations drawn by two top botanical artists, Mr. Xiao?Lian Zeng and Mr. Ping Ma, and realized the importance of scientific illustrations for plant identification. Through producing this illustrated book, she hopes to pass on their enthusiasm in the field of plant taxonomy. Hiu?Yan Wong (Author & Botanical Illustrator):Education Assistant, Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. After graduating as an Environmental Science major at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and participating in environmental education work while pursuing her studies, she is now working at the Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her job duties include scientific illustration, the botany STEAM education programme, and botanical research projects. Nurtured by her grandmother, she developed an interest in folk medicinal and edible wild plants. After entering university, she enrolled in a course about plants in Hong Kong, where she realized there are different ways to appreciate and learn about plants. Later, she worked in a herbarium as an intern and encountered scientific illustrations. She was astonished by the manuscripts left behind by two top botanical artists, Mr. Xiao Lian Zeng and Mr. Ping Ma. The spirit of these two professional artists was revealed in the details and precision of their work, and this motivated her to continuously improve her different illustrations, dissections and photography skills, and to verify the drafts repeatedly with the team. She hopes that the spirit of the former illustrators will be passed on via this illustrated book. Tin?Hang Wong (Editor & Education Consultant):Education Manager, Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium, School of Life Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Tin?Hang Wong graduated in 2000 from the Biology Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and works as a team member with the Botany STEAM Education Programme at the Shiu?Ying Hu Herbarium. Experienced in STEM education, he participated in establishing the Hong Kong Flora and Vegetation Web Database, and developed and participated in many Science Education platforms and schemes. Wong is honoured to help with editing this guide.