Description and General Information:
Once known as O. missouriensis, the Ozark or Missouri sundrops is native to Nebraska and Kansas, where is grows on limestone bluffs and rocky prairies. Plants have a sprawling habit and reach 15-30 cm high. The subspecies fremontii has narrow, elongate leaves with a silver shimmer. The solitary flowers are quite large for the size of the plant, measuring 7-10 cm in diameter, with four broad, yellow petals. Flowers last a single day, opening in late afternoon then fading the next morning. The blooming season ranges from May to September.
This species requires full sun and a well-drained site. It is...
Flora of the Silk Road, an Illustrated Guide is just that, a snapshot and cross-section of the spectacular flowers found between Turkey and China. But what a snapshot! The photography is second to none. Photos vary from macro shots to overall scenes, all taken with an artistic eye. It is obvious that the photographers, a husband and wife team, took their time framing each shot to provide the maximum impact.
To set the scene of this book, the authors begin with an historical account of the Silk Road and other major trade routes between China and Eastern Europe. They then delve into the various places they visited over the last 15 years with each chapter centering on a particular...