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Photogallery‚ WS - Vojtech Holubec



A new book promotion 

This book is devoted to the plants of Tian Shan and the ecological conditions in which they grow.  It is aimed at amateur and professional botanists, rock gardeners, plant and mountain lovers, and those who admire photographs of wild beauty. There are descriptions of 621 plant species, over 900 pictures and a glossary of used botanical terms. Format A4, hardcover, 404 pp. 

The book commences with introductory chapters on the History of botanical research, Orography, Geology, Climate and Vegetation. This is followed by the main part of the book, i.e. details of the characteristics of selected plant species. These are organised according to the botanical system of ‘Flora of China’. The descriptions provide important characteristics for quick identification of the plants. The information regarding Habitat and Distribution ensure additional useful data for users, while the Cultivation notes give basic information for growers.

ISBN 978-80-270-3617-2



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The book on Tian Shan is a „second volume“ after the Caucasus


It is focused to:

  • plant and mountain lovers, plant growers, RG-ers, professional and amateur botanists, conservationists and lovers of wild nature



  • History of botanical research
  • Orography
  • Geology, Climate,
  • Vegetation
  • Description of species
  • ​glossary of used botanical terms


The Main chapter - Description of species

  •  Description of 621 species
  •  With botanical synonyms
  •  Habitat and distribution
  •  Note on Cultivation


General info:

  • nearly 900 colour pictures of authors and other suppliers will be shown
  • The book will have 408 pages
  • Hardcover, A4 size, weight 2,2 kg
  • Index of botanical names 
  • The book may serve travelers in plant determination and growers in selecting of desired plant species.


The book is published  by the authors, currently it is in print, and will be ready by the end of August 2018. 

The authors appologize for delay caused by long corrections and improvements lasting from January to June.

It is still your chance to help to publish it by subscription.

The weight of the book exceeded 2 kg and therefore the single postage is higher. I have to cover the increased postage,  for customers who have already paid 62 EUR. I would welcome to economize it by bulk shipment, at lease 2 books to one address. Please mail me where it is possible.

The price is 50 EUR + one book economic postage 24 EUR, Total 74 EUR. Bulk orders are cheaper. 

Orders are accepted by author:

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or IBAN: CZ28 2010 0000 0021 0130 7481, BIC: FIOBCZPPXXX.



Welcome to the photogallery of my travels.

You can see pictures of plants and country - landscapes and plant environment. Plants are shown in community, in details and variations.

There are mainly pictures from NW China and Tibet, Central Asia, Pamir, Far East and S America.

Central Asia: Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang province, pictures refer to the mountains: Pamir, Pamiro-Alai (Ridges: Hissar, Zeravshan, Turkestan, Darvas, Peter1st. Ala Tau), Tian Shan (Trans Illy, Kiungei, Tersky, Kyrgyz, Ketmen and Kunlun including its transition to Karakoram. The climate is very continental and dry, because the mountais surround large Tarim basin/deserts, especially Kunlun and Ketmen. The flora of E Tian Shan and especially Kunlun is less rich in species number, but it comprise many unusual endemics and area restricted spp, many of them are not in cultivation. Flora of Pamir and Pamiro-Alai is very rich with many endemic species apart the fact it is very arid region.

NW China - Sechuan, Yunnan. Monsoon climate varies from very wet rainfall catchment in Balang Shan, Yulong Shan, Zheduo Shan to drier toward Tibetan border in the west - Yidun, Haizi Shan, Chola Shan, Baimashan, Da Xue Shan. There is tremendous botanical richness.

Tibet /Xizang Province. Pictures are presented from SE part, between Lhasa and Rawu and from the base camp of Mt, Everest.. While Lhasa region and westwards to Everest is quite dry and continental, the area of Bome/Pomi and Galung La get a lot of rainfall along Brahmaputra River valley. The Rawu area is a bit drier than NW Yunnan, hidden behind mountain ridge of Hengduan Shan from prevailing monsoon from SE.

The Far East - Sakhalin and Kamchatka. The Far East climate is affected by high rainfall from Pacific ocean. The snow cover is often mohe than 2 m. Low temperatures -30 to -40°C do not affect plants under such snow cover. Lowland is often covered with tall-forb vegetation with ways made by bears hunting salmons. Slopes are coverd by bamboo in the south or forests (Larix spp., Abies sachalinensis and mixed). Large bogs with Ledums and Chamaedaphne calyculata are common along the whole island. Low-herb flora is rather on rocky ground. Kamchatka climate is colder, forest ends inthe middle of peninsula and is replaced with arctic tundra. The flora has a mixture of Siberian, far East and American species. The floristic composition Sachalin is between Kamchatka and Japan.


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