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Primulaby A. J. Richards
Synopses & Reviews
This classic text has been updated and revised by the leading primulas expert. In terms of both the number of varieties grown and its popularity, Primula is one of the greatest garden genera. It is also among the largest and most widespread with approximately 430 species. This new edition includes a major taxonomic revision, information on the evolutionary history of the genus, a history of the exploration and introduction of Primula, cultivation, propagation and hybridization techniques, and a discussion of pests and diseases. This book is beautifully illustrated with over 100 drawings and photographs, including paintings by the award-winning botanical illustrator Brigid Edwards.
Book News Annotation:
In updating the 1993 reference on this large, popular garden plant genera, Richards (botany, U. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK) adds needed identification keys, descriptions of newly discovered primula species, taxonomic revisions based on DNA studies, and new images. Prior to a synopsis of the genus, he overviews its evolutionary and cultivation history. This edition retains the fine color artwork. Includes a glossary. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 330-).
Includes a major taxonomic revision in addition to the history of exploration, cultivation, propagation, and hybridization techniques.
About the Author
John Richards is professor of botany in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has been chairman of the committee for the Alpine Garden Society and is a vice president of the Botanical Society of the British Isles. He is the author of Plant Breeding Systems.
Table of Contents
A short history of the exploration, introduction and cultivation of Primula — primula gardens — The cultivation of Primula — Temperature and humidity — Soil and composts — Propagation — Pests and diseases — Special conditions — The evolutionary history of Primula and its relatives — Introduction — Geographical distribution — High information biological characters — Primitive Primula — Relationships in Primula according to DNA — Cladogram — The most important biological characters used in sectional classification in Primula — Heterostyly and homostyly — Evolution of the heterostyly in Primula — How does the Primula mating system work? — How does the mating system vary between Primula species? — The structure of the Primula heterostyly/mating system linkage group — Casual secondary homostyly — An alternative form of long homostyly — Fixed secondary homostyly — Features of primary and secondary homostyly species — A key to the sections of the Genus Primula — Synopsis of the Genus Primula.
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