TREES ALIVE by Sarah R. Riedman


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The amateur botanist will find this a thorough, informative, and current overview of trees -- others may fred it recondite. Beginning with their use (""What Good Are Trees?""), Riedman continues with taxonomy (""Is It a Tree or a Bush?"") and enters the formidable forest of anatomy and physiology (xylem and phloem, chloroplast, spongy mesophyll), explicating photosynthesis, respiration, growth, dormancy, and fertilization. Riedman is careful with such intimidating words; yet the average reader may find the matter-of-fact presentation of P660, gymnosperms, and phytochrome too advanced. The book concludes with the requisite discourse on ecosystems and an exhortation for better forest management. Recommended for the enthusiast.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1974
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard