A Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts one of thewidest varieties of plants in the wold, with habitats ranging from tidalmangrove swamps, and lowland rainforests, to dry tropical evergreen anddeciduous forests. Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica is a must-have reference guide for beginnerand expert naturalists alike. It provides a thorough survey of more than 850plant species, each entry accompanied by color photos and a concise yet detailednarrative description. Plants are conveniently grouped by the different types ofvegetation: palms, tall trees, shrubs, woody vines, herbaceous vines, herbs,grasses and ferns. Along with 1400 color photographs, the guide also includes anillustrated glossary of plant parts, five maps of Costa Rica, and laminatedcovers for durability in the field. With so much readily accessible information,this book is essential for exploring Costa Rica's common and conspicuous florafrom the plants growing along the roadside to the best natural parks.

Author Biography

Margaret B. Gargiullo is a plant ecologist formerly affiliated with the Natural Resources Group of the New York City Parks and Recreation Department

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Geographyp. xviii
Climatep. xix
Notes for Photographersp. xix
A Little Tropical Plant Ecologyp. xxi
Methods and Justificationsp. xxxi
Distribution and "Commonness" of Plantsp. xxxv
Limitations of this Guidep. xxxvii
How to Use This Bookp. xxxix
Illustrated Plant Termsp. xli
Palms and Palmlike Plantsp. 1
Tall Treesp. 21
Shrubs and Small Treesp. 85
Woody Vines (Lianas)p. 229
Herbaceous Vinesp. 247
Herbsp. 277
Grasses and Sedgesp. 419
Ferns and Other Seedless Plantsp. 435
Glossaryp. 463
Referencesp. 469
Indexp. 479
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