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Alpine Plants of Europe, together with Cultural Hints

Nature volume 88, pages 310311 (04 January 1912) | Download Citation



A VALID claim for originality is preferred by the author on the ground that this volume contains descriptions of plants from all ranges of the Alps, and it may be added, that a few species of extra-alpine habitat are included, as Iberis gibraltaica. The altitudinal signification of the work “Alpine” is also implied, so that for the most part the species noted find a congenial home at a higher elevation than 5000 feet. Inclusion of all the alpine species growing within the area has not been attempted; in fact, only nine species of Carex are included, and the list of grasses is limited to one species from each of eight characteristic genera. But for the more interesting alpine genera the list is nearly complete; thus, under Saxifraga about fifty species are described, and a few others are mentioned; this is very inclusive, although the species Rudolphiana and Clusii, do not appear.

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