Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot

Peter Crane Pollyanna von Knorring

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Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot

Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot By Peter Crane Pollyanna von Knorring Ginkgo The Tree That Time Forgot Perhaps the world s most distinctive tree ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for than two hundred million years A living link to the age of dinosaurs it survived the great ice ages as a relic

  • Title: Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot
  • Author: Peter Crane Pollyanna von Knorring
  • ISBN: 9780300187519
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot By Peter Crane Pollyanna von Knorring Perhaps the world s most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for 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 itsPerhaps the world s most distinctive tree, ginkgo has remained stubbornly unchanged for 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.
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    1. Gavin Dobson on said:

      Peter Crane, Dean and Professor,School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University and formerly Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, presents us with a beautifully written book in homage to the ginkgo tree Now adorning the streets of many cities and gardens around the world, ginkgos had retreated to a few remote valleys in rural China when they were rediscovered in the 18th Century, propagated and shipped widely throughout the Western world Today s ginkgos are remarkably un [...]

    2. Belinda on said:

      Excellent If you want to know about the Ginkgo tree hen this is the book It is both scholarly and accessible You will learn the science, culture, history, and medicine of this tree and other ancient trees.

    3. Lorraine on said:

      A tribute to Gingko biloba trees, but also trees and biology Like my dinosaur book, this book takes a look at a larger picture of the world through the eyes of Gingko PBL perspective.Bought the book after hearing Peter Crane give a lecture based on the book at Royal Botanical Gardens.

    4. Michael Gross on said:

      Ginkgo trees were spread around the world in temperate climate zones before, during and after the dinosaurs roamed the earth, but at the end of the last ice age, they almost became extinct, surviving only in a small part of Asia, and unable to move their habitat in line with shifting climate zones As the species stood on the brink, the early Chinese culture took a shine to the weird looking tree and humans spread it around the world again Amid the thousands of species that Homo sapiens has drive [...]

    5. Jame Amoroso on said:

      I read this aloud to my 10 year old and we were both fascinated by the story The book provides a great overview of paleontology and other aspects of botany as viewed through a ginkgo lens.

    6. Janet Gardner on said:

      There were lots of interesting tidbits that kept me reading well, okay, I did a fair amount of skimming like the fact that ginkgo is the only tree whose leaf veining is fan like and non reticulated or what exactly makes the fruit of the tree stink so fiercely That would be butyric acid, also found in both rancid butter and in human vomit But in the end it s hard to say what I thought of this book It felt too down in the weeds academic for a general readership and not nearly specialized enough fo [...]

    7. Robin Morse on said:

      Please note I received this book for free from First reads Ginkgo is a very well written book about the natural history of the Ginkgo tree It is not a book you breeze right through but rather read and absorb information, at least for me I have my degree in Conservation Biology so this was of particular interest to me I really love reading books on animals and plants in order to get to know our world better This book did a great job on this account It takes you through the complete history of Gin [...]

    8. Nicole M. on said:

      Brilliant This book dedicated to the living ancient tree ginkgo gives everything I could ask for from a nonfiction book Sir Peter Crane delivers a charming and loving look into the finer points of the ginkgo tree, informative as well as accessible even to a not so botanically inclined reader as myself The biological and cultural history of the tree is explained in beautiful prose, along with numerous interesting side notes in the form of endnotes I learned a lot of about ginkgo, about trees in g [...]

    9. Wing on said:

      The wide breadth of this book is dizzying From ecology to gastronomy, from culture to horticulture, from history to climatology, from evolution to medication, from botany to chemistry the book keeps going tirelessly but can at times tire even an ardent reader through its often meandering digressions Anything that the author can think of about Ginkgo is there The resilience of this 200 million year old plant and its luck are indeed amazing and will hold the reader in awe Nature is indeed very fas [...]

    10. Margaret Sankey on said:

      Biological and cultural history of the ginkgo tree, a prehistoric survivor whose best fossils are found in North Dakota beloved in Asian arts, studied as a medicinal source, prized by British botanical collectors, introduced to the US in the 18th century and with a complicated sex life originally studied by Marie Stopes.

    11. Edna on said:

      Meh It was okay I found myself skimming a lot, particularly the parts that were a botany review It s worth a flip through.

    12. Danielle T on said:

      Very thorough on the biological, cultural, and natural history of Ginkgo biloba would probably have a substantive review had I read it in one consistent sitting, but that s alright.

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