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Mistletoes of Africa Hardcover – 1 Aug 1998

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Kew Publishing (1 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900347563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900347563
  • Package Dimensions: 30 x 20.8 x 2.4 cm
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The long awaited monograph on African mistletoes is out, and it was worth every minute of waiting; it would be difficult to imagine a more visually appealing systematic monograph. Lucid summaries of generic classification, biogeography and economic importance preceed the systematic treatments. Each species is provided with a brief diagnosis, usually accompanied by a colour hotograph and attractive distribution map. There are innumerable, excellent colour photographs throughout the text, documenting a truly remarkable spectrum of floral diversity difficult to match in any other family of Angiosperms. This is the sort of monograph that systematists aspire to produce, and sincere congratulations are due to all involved for having set a standard that will be difficult to reach in the future. Time was when Africa was the dark continent of the mistletoe world; Polhill and Wiens leave us with Africa better known than the other two major tropical regions. Job Kuijt. Kew Bulletin 54 (1): 248-249. May 1999 --


This book provides an authoritative systematic revision of the 280 species of Loranthaceae and Viscaceae in Africa, with identification keys, descriptions, distribution maps, line drawings and 140 colour photographs.

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