Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates
Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates: California, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and the Mediterranean Basin
Peter R. Dallman
This is the first book to describe plant life in all five regions of the world with a Mediterranean climate.
Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates provides a beautifully illustrated overview of the landscapes, vegetation types, and plants of the five regions of the world that have a Mediterranean climate. This climate of mild, rainy winters and dry, warm summers if found only in California, Central Chile, the Cape Region of South Africa, the southwestern part of Australia, and the Mediterranean Basin, an area that covers less than two percent of the world's land mass. The regions are widely separated and the flora of each is distinctive, having for the most part developed independently. Nevertheless, the plants share remarkably similar characteristics that allow them to thrive in these unusual conditions.
Peter Dallman's nontechnical prose is complemented by numerous maps, tables, and figures, and the book is richly illustrated with photographs of landscapes, plants, and flowers. With its detailed information on some of the world's most resilient plant life, this book will serve as an excellent reference for anyone interested in growing drought-resistant plants and as a naturalist's guide to these beautiful and unusual bioregions.
For the growing number of travelers whose vacation focus on learning about and appreciating natural history, Dallman also includes a chapter on planning trips to each of the five Mediterranean regions.
1998 CNPS Press and UC Press. 210 pages, 7"x10", 75 color photographs, 90 b/w photos, 30 maps, 46 line illustrations, 18 tables.
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