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Title: The Geographical Origins, Introduction and Spread of Hardy, Woody, Alien Plants, in England, 1538-1813.
Author: Jarvis, P. J.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3589 3505
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1978
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The thesis examines a number of spatial and temporal patterns associated with deliberate introductions of woody plants into England from the sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century. These patterns are described and analysed for seven periods, roughly at fifty year intervals; comparison between successive periods helps explain how and why changes took place. Changes occurred in 1) the relative and absolute importance of source areas in their floristic contribution to England; 2) the numbers and nature of plants introduced; 3) the values placed upon and uses made of the species in England; and 4) the contribution of the alien species to particular English landscapes, particularly those of park, garden and timber plantation. The changing relationships between area of origin, period of first and subsequent introductions, uses and taxonomic groups are examined. Reciprocal links with scientific and cultural change in England, with the history of exploration, and with the rise of plant nurseries and botanical gardens are demonstrated. The correct identification of plants from manuscript and printed sources is crucial, and an index of pre-Linnean polynomial synonyms has been compiled
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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