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Trees of Panama and Costa Rica (Princeton Field Guides)by Richard Condit
Synopses & Reviews
In the more than thirty years since the publication of Daniel H. Janzenandrsquo;s classic Costa Rican Natural History, research in this small but astonishingly biodiverse, well-preserved, and well-studied Latin-American nation has evolved from a species-level approach to the study of entire ecosystems. And from the lowland dry forests of Guanacaste to the montane cloud forests of Monteverde, from the seasonal forests of the Central Valley to the coastal species assemblages of Tortuguero, Costa Rica has proven to be as richly diverse in ecosystems as it is in species.
In Costa Rican Ecosystems, Maarten Kappelle brings together a collection of the worldandrsquo;s foremost experts on Costa Rican ecologyandmdash;outstanding scientists such as Daniel H. Janzen, Jorge Cortandeacute;s, Jorge A. Jimandeacute;nez, Sally P. Horn, R. O. Lawton, Quandiacute;rico Jimandeacute;nez M., Carlos Manuel Rodrandiacute;guez, Catherine M. Pringle, and Eduardo Carrillo J., among othersandmdash;to offer the first comprehensive account of the diversity, structure, function, uses, and conservation of Costa Ricaandrsquo;s ecosystems. Featuring a foreword and introductory remarks by two renowned leaders in biodiversity science and ecological conservation, Thomas E. Lovejoy and Rodrigo Gandaacute;mez, chapters highlighting the geology, soils, and climate of Costa Rica, as well as the ecosystems of its terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats, and including previously unpublished information on Isla del Coco, this beautiful color-illustrated book will be an essential reference for academic scientists, students, natural history guides, conservationists, educators, park guards, and visitors alike.
"This is an impressive tour-de-force of tropical plant identification. The lively writing is accessible to nonspecialists, while the broad taxonomic coverage and authoritative species descriptions make this guide useful to professional botanists."--Brad Boyle, University of Arizona
"This book is exceptionally well organized and extremely user friendly, and the text is really good and succinct. The authors convey the excitement of learning tropical botany to successfully identify tree species, and the section on tree identification is exceptional--quite simply the best that I have ever read. This book fills a huge need and does so very well."--John Kricher, Wheaton College
This is the first field guide dedicated to the diverse tree species of Panama and Costa Rica. Featuring close to 500 tropical tree species, Trees of Panama and Costa Rica includes superb color photos, abundant color distribution maps, and concise descriptions of key characteristics, making this guide readily accessible to botanists, biologists, and casual nature lovers alike.
The invaluable introductory chapters discuss tree diversity in Central America and the basics of tree identification. Family and species accounts are treated alphabetically and describe family size, number of genera and species, floral characteristics, and relative abundance. Color distribution maps supplement the useful species descriptions, and facing-page photographic plates detail bark, leaf, flower, or fruit of the species featured. Helpful appendices contain a full glossary, a comprehensive guide to leaf forms, and a list of families not covered.
About the Author
Richard Condit is a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Rolando Pérez is chief botanist and Nefertaris Daguerre is a forest specialist with the Center for Tropical Forest Science at the STRI.
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Forests of Panama and Costa Rica 11
Chapter 2. Tree Identification 17
Chapter 3. Species and Areas Covered 23
Part II. Species Treatments by Family
Part III. Supporting Material
Appendix 1. Terminology 467
Appendix 2. Major Leaf Traits of Tree Families
Known in Panama and Costa Rica 469
Appendix 3. Families Not Included 475
Literature Cited 479
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