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Chinese Tree Peony
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Chinese Tree Peony
Language:  English
Author:  Wang Liangying
Pub. Date:  1998-07 Weight:   kg ISBN:  7503820195
Format:  Hardcover Pages:  224 pages,over 450 color photographs
Subject:  Botany > Flowers > Peony(Mu Dan)
Series:   Size:  215x285mm
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The tree peony, also called Mudan, is a very beautiful origination in China.

This book is an introduction to Mudan of China and presents botanical, historical and current information on every aspect of Mudan in China. This book is mainly in two parts: General statements and Cultivar statements, it gives a detailed and valuable introductions to more than four hundred cultivars of Central plains Group of China with photographs and descriptions mainly the history, taxonomy, ecological biology characteristics, reproduction and cultivation of Mudan in China

Mudan is amongst the earliest plants in the world to have been used in horticulture. In China, specialised books and records of Mudan feature among the earliest plant books. In the 800 years from 986AD, when Zhong Shu wrote the first florilegium of tree peonies in the world, to 1809, when Ji Nan finished his, about fourteen Mudan books and florilegia were published, outnumbering those on other well-known Chinese plants, in addition to general books containing sections on Mudan. After the establishment of the people’s Republic of China, especially during the 1980s, local books and florilegia on Mudan were produced in Heze, Luoyang, Linxia, Tongling and other cities where peony research and production have prospered. Although some of these publications describe peony work in general, or make an indepth study of some aspect of peonies, not one of them covers both Chinese peony history, resources, production and research, and also the scientific classification, sorting, registration and description. We, as a group of Chinese researchers, have therefore written this book to present Chinese tree peonies as a significant flower and plant as we move into the 21st century, and to commemorate the hard work and research carried out for many generations by our forefathers.
This book gives a systematic description of both wild ancestral species and many horticultural cultivars of Chinese Mudan, with their resources, distribution, classification, ecological and biological characteristics, reproduction and cultivation, and application. In this volume, 400 typical
cultivars of the Central Plains Group are recorded according to recognized principles and methods, with concise accurate descriptions and photographs.

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