Guide to the Flowers of Western China

Christopher Grey-Wilson and Phillip Cribb

Guide to the Flowers of Western China

Christopher Grey-Wilson and Phillip Cribb

Distributed for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

642 pages | 2400 color plates, 10 maps | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9781842461693 Published September 2011 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only

Unrivaled in the temperate latitudes of the world, China’s rich flora comprises 30,000 species of plants, and nowhere is this floral richness more evident than in western China. With its lush forests, meandering rivers, and majestic mountains, the west of China has been a center of plant exploration for over two centuries, giving rise to many well-known species of trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs that populate our parks and botanical institutes, including rhododendron, orchids, peonies, and roses.

Guide to the Flowers of Western China describes and illustrates more than two thousand species, from the common to the endemic to the extremely rare. Plant families are arranged following the latest DNA-based classification, making this pictorial guide— the largest and most comprehensive on western China ever published—essential for gardeners and plant scientists.

Celebrating the wealth of western China’s vast flora, this magnificent volume will enable the horticulturally inclined traveler (or armchair traveler) to identify many of the plants encountered in the wild.


Scope of the book 
Area covered 
Selection of species for inclusion 
Description of species 
Species in cultivation 
    When to go 
    Floristic regions 
    Chinese and other place names 
Further reading 
Species descriptions 

Selected bibliography
Review Quotes
2012 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title | Choice
“This extensive compendium written by the highly qualified Grey-Wilson and Cribb is a celebration of the richest flora in China. . . . Readable and easy to use; it is a must have for anyone interested in the flora of the western part of China, endemic home of many now-treasured garden plants.”

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