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Peonies of the World

Taxonomy and Phytogeography



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Peonies of the World by De-Yuan Hong
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In China, the cultivated tree peony is known as the King of Flowers, while in ancient Greece the herbaceous peony was dubbed the Queen of Herbs--a reminder that the genus "Paeonia" has been one of the most important and popular groups of plants in the world for millennia, coveted in East and West alike for both its ornamental and medicinal purposes. This fully up-to-date monograph contains a comprehensive taxonomic revision of the genus based on extensive field observations, population sampling, examination of a large quantity of specimens, and statistical analysis of characteristics. The book's taxonomic revision has resulted in the recognition of thirty-two new species, which will make it an essential volume for plant taxonomists and horticulturalists, as well as more adventurous gardeners.

Author Biography

Hong De-Yuan is professor of the State Key Laboratory of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany at the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, chair of the Life Science Division at the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the dean of the school of Life Science, Zhejiang University.
Release date Australia
April 30th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Kew Publishing
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