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Ginkgo : the tree that time forgot

by Crane, Peter R.

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction QK494.5.G48 C73 2013
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  QK494.5.G48 C73 2013
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 585.7 C85
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  585.7 C85

Perhaps 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 rich and engaging 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 history of the ginkgo 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 book will be drawn to the nearest ginkgo, where they can experience firsthand the timeless beauty of the oldest tree on Earth.
Additional Information
Subjects Ginkgo.
Publisher New Haven :Yale University Press,2013
Language English
Description xix, 384 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-361) and index.
ISBN 9780300187519 (cloth : alk. paper)
0300187513 (cloth : alk. paper)
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