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    Yew (Reaktion Books - Botanical) (Hardback) By (author) Fred Hageneder

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    DescriptionBotanists around the world marvel at the unique characteristics of the yew, Europe's most ancient species of tree. It is a 'conifer' without resin or cones but with juicy scarlet fruits that feed many birds and animals; it has foliage that is poisonous to livestock but which wild animals can eat; and though it has an extraordinarily low rate of photosynthesis, it can grow where other tree seedlings and plants just wither and die. The yew's lower branches can root themselves, and it can also produce 'interior roots' inside a hollowing trunk, renewing itself from the inside out. It was in the Palaeolithic Era that humans were first struck by the yew's regenerative powers and began to associate it with concepts of life and death, the afterlife and eternity. Yew trees can be found at the sacred sites of Native Americans and Buddhists, and Shinto shrines in Japan, as well as in Christian churchyards, where they became a symbol of the Resurrection. During the Middle Ages, these churchyards provided a safe haven for many yew trees while those in the wild were felled for the mass production of the longbow, a powerful weapon which enabled England to rise and ultimately laid the foundation for the British Empire - at the expense of almost the entire yew population of Europe. This comprehensive, richly illustrated cultural and natural history includes the latest scientific discoveries about this remarkable tree. The book will appeal to botanists and the general reader, as well as anyone interested in the history and symbolism of the natural world.


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    Title
    Yew
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Fred Hageneder
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 580 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781780231891
    ISBN 10: 178023189X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 560
    BIC subject category V2: WNP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14270
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Ingram Subject Code: NA
    Libri: I-NA
    BISAC V2.8: SCI011000
    LC classification: QK
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Approval Code: A62501500
    BISAC V2.8: NAT034000
    Abridged Dewey: 634
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC22: 585.6
    DC23: 585.6
    Thema V1.0: WNP
    Illustrations note
    70 colour, 30 black and white
    Publisher
    Reaktion Books
    Imprint name
    Reaktion Books
    Publication date
    15 December 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Fred Hageneder is the author of many books on the natural and cultural history of trees. He lives in South Wales at the edge of the Black Mountains.