Description and General Information:
This species of Lewisia grows in seasonally damp to wet slopes, meadows and open aspen forests, often along streamsides, in the western American states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Oregon. It occurs at elevations of 1300-3200 m.
Plants produce a rosette of fleshy, narrow, strap-like leaves 2-5 inches long. Flowers are solitary but many are produced per plant. They sit just above the foliage. Individual flowers have 5-10 white or pink (in the form 'Rosea') petals. They are about 1.5 inches in diameter. Plants often go dormant shortly after flowering.
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...