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Ginkgo : the tree that time forgot

Author: Peter R Crane
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2013.
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Perhaps the world's most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. A living link to the age of dinosaurs, it survived the great ice ages as a relic in China, but it earned its reprieve when people first found it useful about a thousand years ago. Today ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter R Crane
ISBN: 9780300187519 0300187513
OCLC Number: 808316442
Description: xix, 384 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Prologue --
Time --
Trees --
Identity --
pt. 2. The living tree --
Energy --
Growth --
Stature --
Sex --
Gender --
Seeding --
Resilience --
pt. 3. Origin and prehistory --
Origins --
Ancestry --
Relationships --
Recognition --
Proliferation --
Winnowing --
Persistence --
Prosperity --
pt. 4. Decline and survival --
Constraint --
Retreat --
Extinction --
Endurance --
Relic --
pt. 5. History --
Antiquity --
Reprieve --
Voyages --
Renewal --
Naming --
Resurgence --
pt. 6. Use --
Gardens --
Nuts --
Streets --
Pharmacy --
pt. 7. Future --
Risk --
Insurance --
Gift --
Legacy --
Appendix : List of common plant names used in the text and Latin equivalents.
Responsibility: Peter Crane ; with a foreword by Peter Raven.

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