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A Handbook of Conifers

    Naturevolume 113page707 (1924) | Download Citation



    THE authors of this textbook on conifers, who are in close touch with Kew Gardens and the Imperial Institute, have brought together into one handsome volume a copious mass of information about the 380 living species. Those cultivated in Great Britain, some three-fourths of the total number, are naturally treated more fully than the natives of subtropical regions, that have not been introduced. The botanical descriptions of the former are adequate and expressed in simple botanical language, while artificial keys are provided to render identification easy. The numerous sports which have arisen are clearly distinguished, and their cultural value is pointed out. Scarcely any mutation of a utilitarian character has occurred in this great class of plants, and coniferous sports are planted either as objects of ornament or of curiosity. The student is further helped by the admirable series of 120 drawings, made by Miss G. Lister from fresh material, which faithfully depict the branches, foliage, buds, cones, and seeds of the more important trees and shrubs. The aesthetic value of the book is also enhanced by 32 plates of forest scenes in America, plantations in Scotland, and well-grown trees on English lawns.

    A Handbook of Conifer: “including Ginkgoace”.

    By W. Dallimore A. Bruce Jackson. Pp. xi + 570 + 32 plates. (London: E. Arnold and Co., 1923.) 42s. net.

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