Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume One - Hardback by Stewart McPherson
Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume One - Hardbackby Stewart McPherson
edited by Alastair Robinson and Andreas Fleischmann
Pitcher plants include the largest and most spectacular of all carnivorous plants. So-called because they produce highly specialised foliage that takes the form of hollow, water-filled “pitchers”, these extraordinary plants lure and prey upon arthropods and other small animals. The pitcher plants of the Old World also trap the largest prey of all carnivorous plants, including on rare occasions, vertebrates as large as frogs, mice and even rats. This two volume work examines both genera of Old World pitcher plants (Nepenthes and Cephalotus) and documents the ecology and natural diversity of every known species for the first time and in unparalleled detail...
Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume One consists of the following chapters; Introduction, Carnivorous Plants of the World, The Pitcher Plants of the Old World, The Evolution of the Pitcher Plants of the Old World, Trapping Processes, Infauna, Nepenthes of Borneo and Nepenthes of Peninsular Malaysia and Indochina.
Pitcher Plants of the Old World Volume Two comprises Nepenthes of the Philippines, Nepenthes of Sumatra and Java, Nepenthes of Sulawesi, Nepenthes of New Guinea and the Maluku Islands, Nepenthes of the Outlying Areas, Nepenthes Hybrids, Cephalotus follicularis, Habitat Loss and the Threat of Extinction and Cultivation and Horticulture, Appendix, Glossary, Bibliography, Index.
This 1399 page work contains 751 spectacular images. 120 species of Nepenthes, plus 5 incompletely diagnosed taxa are recognised, along with Cephalotus follicularis. Several of the species documented in this work have been discovered only very recently and, in many cases, the photographs presented in this work are among the first to be published. Examples include N. argentii, N. attenboroughii, N. bellii, N. bokorensis, N. burkei, N. copelandii, N. danseri, N. deaniana, N. gracillima, N. kampotiana, N. klossii, N. kongkandana, N. mantalingajanensis, N. masoalensis, N. micramphora, N. mindanaoensis, N. mira, N. naga, N. paniculata, N. papuana, N. peltata, N. pilosa, N. pitopangii, N. surigaoensis, N. tenax, N. tenuis, N. tomoriana, N. sp. Trang, N. sp. Phanga Nga, N. sp. Sulawesi, N. sp. Misool and N. sp. Papua. A newly discovered taxon from the Philippines, Nepenthes micramphora V.Heinrich, S.McPherson, Gronemeyer & Amoroso, is formally described in the Appendix and introduced here for the first time.
Pitcher Plants of the Old World is a focused study that provides a unique examination of this fascinating and very beautiful group of plants.
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“McPherson is advancing with blazing speed through the world of carnivorous plants, and leaving an enduring legacy in his wake. McPherson’s latest opus, the result of a three-year project, treats the pitcher plants of the Old World... It is ...
“Pitcher Plants of the Old World is the new reference for all Nepenthes enthusiasts. The two volumes are the fruit of years of research on the field. They gather the most up-to-date information, illustrated with more than 700 outstanding pictur ...
“I recommend these volumes enthusiastically to carnivorous plant enthusiasts in particular and botanists in general. Full of interesting facts and wonderful illustrations, they are very good value for money. They will, I am sure, grace bookshel ...