Peonies of the World, Volume I: Taxonomy and Phytogeography


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Peonies of the World, Volume I: Taxonomy and Phytogeography Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Royal Botanic Gardens: Kew Publishing
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Pages: 312 Illustrations and other contents: 80 line drawings, 40 maps ISBN: 9781842463925 Categories: ,

The genus Paeonia is a famous group of plants that has been culturally significant in both the East and West for millennia, and is extensively cultivated for both ornamental and medicine purposes. The cultivated tree peony is known as ‘The King of Flowers’ in China, and the herbaceous peony was known as ‘The Queen of Herbs’ in ancient Greece.

Peonies of the World, Volume I contains a comprehensive taxonomic revision of the genus based on extensive field observations, population sampling, examination of a large quantity of specimens (including type specimens) and statistic analysis of characters. Recognition of 32 species in the book is a result of substantial taxonomic revision.

The book will satisfy readers not only with the taxonomy of Paeonia, description and distribution, and other biological aspects of each species, but also with the methodology and principles, on which the taxonomic revision was based. A must have book for both plant taxonomists and horticulturists.


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Author Biography

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, chair of the Life Science Division at the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the dean of the school of Life Science, Zhejiang University.

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