Ronald Lanner's Tree World

Pinus contorta(lodgepole pine), tinted lithograph by Lt. J. Young published as Botany Plate V in report of the Pacific Railroad Explorations and Surveys -- California and Oregon in 1857. Excellent condition, 8 1/4 X 11 1/2 in. $25. Contact R.Lanner,

Also available from the same source -- "Abies menziesii" (Douglas-fir), "Picea grandus" [sic](grand fir), "Platanus racemosa" (California sycamore),"Quercus hindsii", and "Manzanita". The latter three lithographs are horizontal. Each $25 plus $5 P&H.

My Books

The Bristlecone Book: A Natural History of the World's Oldest Trees
The Bristlecone Book brings together for the first time the captivating facts about the Rocky Mountain and Great Basin bristlecone pines and foxtail pine, members of the white pine group that are emblematic of the western American high country. The approach taken is to present factual material that is scientifically accurate and current, without resorting to overly technical exposition. Much of the information -- and some theorizing -- on tree longevity and what affects it stems from field and laboratory research by the author and one of his former students.

Conifers of California is the first book entirely devoted to the Golden State's richly diverse coniferous flora. Lavishly illustrated, it features a text that is scientifically accurate and accessible to all. Each species' narrative is accompanied by a full-page botanical illustration,photographs, detailed identification information, and a range map.

Made For Each Other: A Symbiosis of Birds and Pines
Made For Each Other details for the first time the fascinating relationship between wingless-seeded pine trees and seed-dispersing Corvids (Nutcrackers and Jays), showing how mutualism can drive not only each others' evolution, but affect the ecology of many other members of the surrounding ecosystem as well. Focusing on the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest, and ranging as far afield as the Alps, Finland, Siberia, and China, this beautifully illustrated and gracefully written work illuminates the phenomenon of co-evolution.

Autumn Leaves -- A Guide to the Fall Colors of the Northwoods
The beautiful hardwood forest of the Northeastern United States and Southeastern Canada is generally acknowledged to put on one of the world's most stunning annual displays of fall colors. It is also home to perhaps ninety million people. Yet, until this book appeared, there was no color-illustrated guide to the trees that make all that possible. Finally, here is a scientifically accurate, clearly written account of the natural history of some of America's most distinctive trees.

Trees of The Great Basin -- A Natural History
Winner of the Award of Merit at the Western Books Exhibition sponsored by the Rounce and Coffin Club of Los Angeles, 1985, Trees of The Great Basin highlights the native silva of arid Utah, Nevada, and surrounding regions. As with all the books described on this site, it features scientifically accurate text,and engaging writing accessible to all who like to read. Each species is represented by an original sketch of great distinction; and there are over 50 color photos by regional photographers.

The Pinon Pine -- A Natural and Cultural History, with a section on pine-nut cookery by Harriette Lanner
While most other pines were evolving into tall forest trees that carry their crowns far above the general canopy, a unique group of species was evolving in Mexico and the American Southwest. These "pinon" or pinyon pines have become adapted to aridity. They form stands where rainfall may not exceed 15 inches, in company with junipers and drought-resistant shrubs. They produce in their rounded crowns large nutritious "pine-nuts", rich in fat and protein, a great boon to the birds and mammals of their woodlands, and the nations of Homo sapiens that have settled in their shade. This book details the pinon pines' relationships with each other, as well as with insects, bird dispersers, mammals, Native Americans, Spaniards and other settlers, silver miners, and cattlemen. Not all have been as kind and giving as the pinons have been -- in these pages we see why.

Finally a book on the bristlecone and foxtail pines with a scientific view of tree longevity
The first natural history of the bristlecone and foxtail pines of the western United States, written for the outdoor and plant enthusiast who wants to understand these amazing trees that invite us into their mountain homes.
Color illustrated regional tree guide
A guide to all of the cone-bearing trees of California, illustrated with over 135 color photos and 54 full-page water color paintings of the species.
A Co-evolutionary Tale of Pines and Corvids for anyone interested in plants or animals.
The birds bury the seeds and the sprouting trees eventually feed the descendants of those birds. A Mutualism that enlivens the Rockies, Sierra, Alps, and more.
The Original Fall Colors Guidebook for Leaf-Peepers and Tree Nuts
The science of fall color change in the leaves of our Northeastern hardwood forest with essays on the natural and cultural history of the major trees that contribute to the annual spectacle.
First volume in the Fleischmann Great Basin Natural History Series
The much sought-after, but out-of-print classic on the trees between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada
A Southwestern classic on the tree that enriched human life on the desert edge
An all inclusive view of the woodland-forming pinon pine, which grows where few other trees can, and whose nutritious nut-like seeds have allowed birds, quadrupeds, and human cultures to thrive in the arid Southwest and Great Basin.

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