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This two-volume work provides a detailed account of the orchid flora of Mount Kinabalu situated in the Malaysian state of Sabah (formerly British North Borneo) which, at 4095 m, is the highest peak between the Himalayas and Papua (Indonesian New Guinea). Kinabalu was declared Malaysia's first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in November 2000. The Kinabalu massif, encompassing only about 1250 square km, is smaller than most English counties, yet the authors list an astonishing number of orchids for such a small area. Nearly 38% of the orchid species are known from just one locality and about 16% have been collected only once. The Kinabalu vascular plant flora may include as many as 5000/6000 species, and is one of the most diverse, if not the most diverse floras in the world. Additionally, Mount Kinabalu has been a centre of extremely active plant evolution and speciation and presents a spectacular natural laboratory for studying these processes. Bearing in mind that much of the mountain, especially the remote and inaccessible northern side, is still poorly explored, one can get some idea of its biological richness. Mount Kinabalu is mostly composed of granite together with distinctive areas of ultramafic substrate. Together with satellite, Mount Tembuyuken, it forms the major part of a much visited national park and has been described by co-author John Beaman as holding one of the richest assemblages of plants in the world. Its forests also support a fascinating array of creatures such as the Kinabalu Ferret Badger and the Banded Linsang. Its slopes are home to a 30 cm long giant orange terrestrial leech which feeds on giant blue earthworms. The bird fauna is equally prolific and includes many intriguingly named species including the Bornean Whistling Thrush, Chestnut-crested Yuhina, Friendly Bush-warbler and Whitehead's Spiderhunter.
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Book Description Natural History Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. A comprehensive two volume survey of the 866 taxa in 134 genera of orchids that have been found on Malaysia's highest mountain which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since the turn of the century. 1184 pages with a bibliography, index and a wealth of colour illustrations. Slipcase Weight:6 kg Post free within Malaysia but will incur additional postage charges when posted elsewhere. Seller Inventory # ML3979
Book Description Natural History Publications (Borneo),Malaysia, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 2 vols. 1184 pp., illustrations, bibliography, index. Books and dust jackets are new. Slipcase is damaged with bump on bottom corner and tears along two bottom edges. Seller Inventory # 9838121320NHPB090117