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    Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot (Hardback) By (author) Peter Crane, Foreword by Peter Raven

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    DescriptionPerhaps the world's most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for more than two hundred million years. A living link to the age of dinosaurs, it survived the great ice ages as a relic in China, but it earned its reprieve when people first found it useful about a thousand years ago. Today ginkgo is beloved for the elegance of its leaves, prized for its edible nuts, and revered for its longevity. This engaging book tells the full and fascinating story of a tree that people saved from extinction - a story that offers hope for other botanical biographies that are still being written. Inspired by the historic ginkgo that has thrived in London's Kew Gardens since the 1760s, renowned botanist Peter Crane explores the evolutionary history of the species from its mysterious origin through its proliferation, drastic decline, and ultimate resurgence. Crane also highlights the cultural and social significance of the ginkgo: its medicinal and nutritional uses, its power as a source of artistic and religious inspiration, and its importance as one of the world's most popular street trees. Readers of this extraordinarily interesting book will be drawn to the nearest ginkgo, where they can experience firsthand the timeless beauty of the oldest tree on Earth.

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    The Tree That Time Forgot
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Crane, Foreword by Peter Raven
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 185 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 816 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300187519
    ISBN 10: 0300187513

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14270
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI011000
    B&T Approval Code: A62501500
    BISAC V2.8: NAT034000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 585.7
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 585/.7
    LC classification: QK494.5.G48 C73 2013
    DC23: 585.7
    Thema V1.0: WNP, PST
    Illustrations note
    61 b&w illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    05 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Peter Crane is Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean and professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, and former director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Review quote
    "Apart from covering all the main aspects of the biology, growth, history and cultivation of "Ginkgo," it includes a fascinating account of the study of fossil plants and of the personalities involved . . . This is a delightful book to read, alike to botanists and to anyone with an interest in trees./i>--Martyn Rix "Curtis's Botanical Magazine "