Bamboos constitute one of a few select categories of plants which
are taxonomically related, very rich in species and of vital
economic and ecological importance. Since the early 20th century
the accepted number of species of bamboos, world wide, has tripled.
However, until now information was scattered through numerous,
often not easily available publications.
"The Bamboos of the World," is the first comprehensive
(taxonomic as well as horticultural) reference work that provides
basic information on bamboos world wide, whether they are wild or
cultivated, well-known or rather unknown. The work, based on bamboo
literature, facilitates access to further data by citation and a
comprehensive bibliography. Among the main data included are
botanical names with synonyms, and geographical distribution of
genera and species, varieties with their distinctive characters,
common bamboo names, plant introductions to the West, plant size
and uses. The distribution of genera is mapped.
"The Bamboos of the World" presents a wealth of essential
information in an accessible and structured manner. It gives the
opportunity to check under what names, and where, relevant
information on any bamboo can be found. For the researcher with
management and development interests it provides a convenient means
of basing bamboo resource on a sound understanding of generic and
species relationships, with names that appear in earlier literature
put into context. The work should prove to be invaluable for those
interested in the morphology, taxonomy, distribution and
cultivation of bamboos. It should support botanical, forestry,
horticultural and ecological research, training and resource
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