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Plant Life in the World's Mediterranean Climates: California, Chile, South Africa, Australia, and the Mediterranean Basin Paperback – September 17, 1998

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" excellent introduction and guide to the unique vegetation of these five mediterranean regions."Journal of Plant Physiology, 1999

"...richly illustrated book." "...This well written book can be recommended to plant biologists and ecologists and also addresses to geographers, horticulturists and all those interested to learn more on the plants in these five unusual climate regions." Journal of Plant Physiology, 1999

"...This book is likely to be a very useful guide for any professional or amateur botanist setting off for any one of the five regions for the first time-and it is reasonably priced!'New Phytologist --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Many people will enjoy this book: students and instructors in geography, ecology, climatology, and plant biology have a superb text; gardeners who emphasize native plants have a valuable field guide and reference; and those individuals who simply want to know more about the environment in which they live will be educated and entertained."—Michael Barbour, author of California's Changing Landscapes

"Dallman has mastered the enormous literature on the subject and has distilled the important points into an engaging, readable, and beautifully illustrated book. His tips on exploring these areas will be invaluable to prospective ecotourists."—Robert Ornduff, author of Introduction to California Plant Life

Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (September 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520208099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520208094
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Underwood on January 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book falls into a category somewhere between botany, climatology, and geography; it looks at several different types of "mediterranean climate" around the world, and describes the different vegetational types within each region, explaining (in a scholarly but accessible way) why these plant communities look the way they do.
It's beautifully produced, with both climate maps and full-color illustrations of plants and plant communities. I know of no other book that explains the relationship between geography and botanical ecology this elegantly; it's a lot of fun to browse, and I would recommend it *very* highly to armchair travellers with botanical inclinations.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
Peter Dallman's Plant Life In The World's Mediterranean Climates covers plants of California, Australia, South Africa and the Mediterranean, and will prove more accessible to general audiences studying plants. Here are photos, charts, and a host of details on plant communities and plant life common to this climate, with chapters providing both individual regional details and links between plants of each area. This is a highly recommended pick not just for specialty libraries, but for general collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jess on November 7, 2010
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The information about Australia's temperate climate needs a little bit of an expansion, for instance: Victoria and Tasmania; which are the most predominant temperate climate states of Australia (particularly Tasmania), as you will notice in the link below. Also New South Wales and a small portion of Queensland have temperate environments. New Zealand needs an entry, perhaps along with alot of other small island countries in the Southern hemisphere, however I'm not sure if they fall into a different climate classification.

On a positive note, I found the book extremely modern, containing the latest environmental and biological scientific data i.e. contrast of vegetation communities shown by 2d illustrations; excellent plant structure images from scanned electron micrographs. Along with excellent photography of landscapes, plant communities and individual plants with close ups of flowers. Most pictures are in colour, with excellent diagrams of plants from a botanical point of view, which could do with illustrative references for the ametuer botanist, like myself.

There is also climatology maps on the regions discussed within the book and alot more. This is a valuable book for the amateur, all students and those within a related professional field.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Harrison on September 18, 2005
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This book is great. It has plenty of pictures, diagrams and drawings. Most of the pictures are not in color, however, which is its biggest downfall. It is not a detailed evaluation of mediterranean climates nor is it a good plant ID book, but provides an excellent overview for both the layman and scientist. It provides informatin on the plants that make the mediterranean climate unique and the typical plant communities that are found in them. It is great for someone who doesn't want to get bogged down with individual species and wants to see how all the parts fit together. I first checked this book out of my local library and felt it would be such a good reference book for work, play and travel that I had to have it. The book uses the most scientific and inclusive use of the term Mediterranean which means you are going to get descriptions of plant communities from San Diego to Sacramento to San Francisco. For those of us that prefer the more exclusive definitions it may come as a shock that San Francisco and Sacramento could be considered mediterranean so I'm warning you now. I am currently using this book to help plan a trip to Australia as a supplement to Lonely Planet's travel guides. This book has inspired me to visit all the world's mediterranean climates at some point in my life and I'm not even a plant lover.
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