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Loulu: The Hawaiian Palm
by Donald R. Hodel

Hardcover - 216 pages
9.3 x 6.3 inches

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  Book Description: The only native palms in Hawaii, loulu are among the Islands most distinctive plants. Several of the 24 recognized species are rare and endangered and all make handsome and appropriate ornamentals to adorn gardens and landscapes with their dramatic foliage, colorful flower clusters, and conspicuous fruits. In this volume, Donald Hodel shares his expertise on loulu, having traveled extensively throughout Hawaii to research and photograph nearly all the species in their native habitat. In the course of his work, he described and named three loulu that were new to science. Each of the 24 species is treated in detail and this book is handsomely illustrated with more than 200 color photographs that clearly show leaves, flower stalks, fruits, and habitat. Chapters on loulu history, botany, ecology, conservation, uses, and propagation and culture provide essential background information for readers, whatever their level of interest or expertise. In the appendices, they will find a concise summary of loulu, lists of species by island, and an illustrated compendium of exotic, naturalized palms of Hawai i and relatives of loulu found throughout the South Pacific.
   
 
 
Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers
by Greg Starr

Hardcover - 348 pages
9.1 x 7.1 inches

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  Book Description: Gardeners and garden designers are having a love affair with agaves. It's easy to see why—they're low maintenance, drought-tolerant, and strikingly sculptural, with an astounding range of form and color. Many species are strikingly varigated, and some have contrasting ornamental spines on the edges of their leaves. Fabulous for container gardening or in-the-ground culture, they combine versatility with easy growability. In Agaves, plant expert Greg Starr profiles 75 species, with additional cultivars and hybrids, best suited to gardens and landscapes. Each plant entry includes a detailed description of the plant, along with its cultural requirements, including hardiness, sun exposure, water needs, soil requirements, and methods of propagation. Agaves can change dramatically as they age and this comprehensive guide includes photos showing each species from youth to maturity—a valuable feature unique to this book.
   
 
 
Hardy Palms for the Southeast
by Tom McClendon, Will Roberds and Joe LeVert

Hardcover - 140 pages
10.5 x 7.5 inches

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  Book Description: Palms aren't just for Florida anymore. Gardeners all over the southeastern United States are discovering how hardy palms—as trees, shrubs or accent plants—can add enjoyment, beauty, and a touch of the tropics to their landscapes. Hardy Palms for the Southeast can help you select from 45 palm varieties to find those that will grow in your locale, and are happy in soils ranging from red clay to sand. The authors also explain how to successfully add palms to many Southern-style garden designs, and how to place palms around a swimming pool for the best effect. The many palm varieties featured in this book are illustrated with color photographs taken right here in the Southeast. The 7.5" x 10.5" hardcover book has 140 pages, 69 color photographs (with 7 more on the covers), three black-and-white photographs, one map and one recipe.
   
 
  The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft and Scott Zona

2nd edition, completely revised and updated
Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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  Book Description: The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family. 825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.
   
 
  Brazilian Flora
by Harri Lorenzi, Larry Noblick, Francis Kahn and Evandro Ferreira

1000 color photographs
Hardcover - 384 pages

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  Book Description: This luxurious, large formatted hard cover book includes all the approximately 300 native Brazilian palm species known to science. On a total of 384 glossy pages, each species is treated in depth with a highly readable but also scientifically accurate text and accompanied by several large, full color photographs, a lavish 1000 spread over 352 full color pages. It is the result of more than 15 years of research and field work all over the country, written by the most knowledgeable scientists working on the subject in Brazil: Harri Lorenzi, Larry Noblick, Francis Kahn and Evandro Ferreira. It includes a wealth of recently described, new species and will undoubtedly be the definitive work on Brazilian palms for many years to come. An absolute must for anyone interested in the palms of Brazil, whether amateur or professional.
   
 
  Martius, Book of Palms
by H. Walter Lack

Hardcover - 450 pages
19.8 x 13.5 inches!
11.1 pounds!

50 x 34 cm, 5 kg

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  Book Description: Martius's magnificent work on the varieties of palm tree. This epic folio was based on Martius's expedition to Brazil and Peru with zoologist Johann Baptist von Spix. From 1817 to 1820 the pair travelled over 2,250 km (1,400 miles) throughout the Amazon Basin, the most species-rich palm region in the world, collecting and sketching specimens.
In his epic work, Martius outlined the modern classification of palm, produced the first maps of palm biogeography, described all the palms of Brazil, and collated the sum of all known genera of the palm family. For apart from his own collection of specimens and notes, Martius also wrote about the findings of others.
Martius's folio is unusual in its inclusion of cross-sectioned diagrams, conveying the architecture of these mighty trees. Equally remarkable are the color landscapes showing various palms—often standing alone—which have a simple and elegant beauty. This famous work is an unrivaled landmark in botanic illustration and taxonomy.
   
 
  Conifers for Gardens: An Illustrated Encyclopedia
by Richard L. Bitner

Hardcover - 448 pages

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  Book Description: Conifers for Gardens is intended to take away the element of uncertainty when you're choosing a plant that may alter your yard for years to come. Profusely illustrated with more than 1,500 crisp photographs and brimming with concise descriptions of both species and their numerous cultivars, this meticulously researched reference provides information - including size, appearance, hardiness, preferred growing conditions and susceptibility to pests and diseases - for almost every hardy conifer you're likely to encounter in the trade, whether it's a tried-and-true favorite or a connoisseur's treasure. So if you've ever been torn between, say, 'Golden Mop', 'Lemon Thread', and 'Sungold' sawara-cypresses, relax - choosing and identifying conifers just got a whole lot easier.
   
 
  Conifers of the World: The Complete Reference
by James E. Eckenwalder

Hardcover - 720 pages

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  Book Description: Researched for more than three decades, this definitive work provides up-to-date descriptions of all the true conifers of the world, including 545 species of trees and shrubs. Written for accessibility to both horticultural and botanical audiences, it is the first comprehensive update of conifer taxonomy in nearly a century. Noted conifer taxonomist James E. Eckenwalder also discusses the relationships among the groups, practical usages, champion trees, fossil occurrences, and biology. New identification guides for the families and genera are based whenever possible on foliage features and thus should be easier to use than traditional conifer keys, which focus on seasonal, and often microscopic, cone characters. Eckenwalder shares the reasoning behind his taxonomic decisions, many of which are unique to this book, reflecting a comprehensive reevaluation of conifer classification. He also outlines the features sought in cultivars of each genus, particular cultivation concerns, and conifers recommended for cultivation under various conditions and to achieve different effects. Some 3,000 cultivars have been available in recent times, more than five times the total number of conifer species. Several hundred original illustrations include drawings of the seed cones for all genera as well as for representative species. Maps of the natural distribution of each genus allow for easy comparison of ranges. Handsome black-and-white photographs of species in their natural habitats and attractive color photos further enrich the volume. More than 100 images reproduce foliage of many genera as an aid in identification. With its unprecedented attention to detail and extensive bibliography, this major work is an essential reference for botanists, naturalists, and horticulturists.
   
 
  A Natural History of Conifers
by Aljos Farjon

Hardcover - 304 pages

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  Book Description: A compelling account of the extraordinary relatives of ordinary garden conifers. Leading expert Aljos Farjon provides a compelling narrative that observes conifers from the standpoint of the curious naturalist. It starts with the basic question of what conifers are and continues to explore their evolution, taxonomy, ecology, distribution, human uses, and issues of conservation. As the story unfolds many popular misconceptions are dispelled, such as the false notion that all conifers have cones. The extraordinary diversity of conifers begins to dawn as Farjon describes the diminutive creeping shrub Microcachrys tetragona, whose strange seed cones resemble raspberries, and the prehistoric-looking Araucaria meulleri. The taxonomic diversity of conifers is huge and Farjon goes on to relate how, over the course of 300 million years, these trees and shrubs have adapted to survive geological upheavals, climatic extremes, and formidable competition from flowering plants. All who seek to learn more about the early history of life on our planet will cherish this book.
   
 
  A Pocket Guide to Palms & Cycads
by Martin Gibbons

Hardcover - 6 x 6.8 inch - 254 pages
More than 250 colour photographs
Cartwell Books, Inc. (June 2003)

224 species!
250+ colour photos!

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  Our Review: Finally reprinted! This is a useful guide for anybody interested in the palm tree, whether as a potential grower or simply as an admirer of these beautiful plants. Packed with useful tips on how to grow and cultivate your own palm trees and cycads. On 254 pages 200 species of palm are covered in detail, one per page, plus 24 cycads. Fully illustrated with colour photography showing these stunning plants at their best.
   
 
  Palms of Southern Asia
by Andrew Henderson

Hardcover - 264 pages

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  Book Description: Southern Asia is a vast and ecologically diverse region that extends from the deserts of Afghanistan to the rainforests of Thailand, and is home to a marvelously rich palm flora. Palms of Southern Asia is the only complete field guide to the 43 genera and 352 species of palms and rattans that occur in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. This attractive guide's handsome illustrations and succinct, authoritative, and jargon-free text make identification easy. Each species account includes the correct scientific and common names, and fully describes morphology, habitat, and uses. Featuring a distribution map for most species and 256 full-color photographs, this is also the only field guide to cover the extremely diverse palm flora of Vietnam, and the first to offer a taxonomic overview of the rattan species of Southern Asia.
Palms of Southern Asia is a book of major importance for botanists and an invaluable aid for naturalists and conservationists, and it's the perfect field guide for ecotourists traveling in the region.
* Covers all 352 naturally occurring palms in Southern Asia
* Features full-color photographs of 256 species, many never before illustrated
* Includes a distribution map for most species
* Provides the first taxonomic overview of the rattans of Southern Asia.
   
 
  Growing Palm Trees: In Hawaii And Other Tropical Climates
by David Leaser

Paperback - 127 pages
Mutual Publishing (2007), ISBN 1566478251
Dimensions (in inches): 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.4

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  Book Description: Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, this handy reference is the perfect instruction manual for growing palms in Hawai'i and other tropical locations. Featuring fotos of rare and exotic palms, this book will inspire you to create your own tropical paradise. A colorful field guide will help you quickly identify a wide variety of palms, and you'll discover the best places to see palms throughout the islands. This book is the perfect resource for anyone interested in tropical palms.
David Leaser is the author of three books on palms and a long-time member of the International Palm Society. Leaser is a featured speaker at botanical gardens and garden centers throughout the United States, and his articles and photos have appeared in the Palm Journal, Sunset Magazine, Island Magazine, Sunset Western Garden Book and The Los Angeles Times.
   
 
  Betrock's Cold Hardy Palms
by Alan W. Meerow

Hardcover - 155 pages (September 2005)
Betrock Information System; ISBN: 0962976164

82 species
286 colour photographs

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  Book Description: Comprehensive profiles for 82 palm species capable of growing in climates colder than USDA Hardiness Zone 10. 168 color pages 286 color photographs A list of minimum average temperature exposures for an additional 139 palms. Features include cold hardy palms that are drought tolerant, highly salt tolerant, shade tolerant, hazardous to humans (including irritating fruits) and much more. This book covers most of the U.S. and Europe.
Dr Alan W. Meerow was the former Professor and Palm and Tropical Ornamentals Specialist at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research & Education Center. He currently works as a geneticist for the Agricultural Research Service, and is a research collaborator at Fairchild Tropical Garden. He received his B.S. degree in botany and environmental horticulture from the University of California at Davis and his M.S. and Ph.D from the University of Florida in horticultural science and botany. Dr. Meerow originated and taught the course Palm Production and Culture for many years in the University’s Ft. Lauderdale Degree Program in Environmental Horticulture, and currently conducts research in various aspects of tropical horticulture and botany. He has been recognized by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association as Horticultural Writer of the Year in 1990, and Educator of the Year in 1991. Dr. Meerow is an internationally recognized authority on! the amaryllis family and has published numerous scientific papers on the taxonomy of that group. He has published over 200 scientific, extension, trade and popular magazine articles on plants. He is the author of Betrock’s Guide to Landscape Palms, and with Timothy K. Broschat, Betrock’s Reference Guide to Florida Landscape Plants, and Ornamental Palm Horticulture.
   
 
  Palm Trees: A Story in Photographs
by David Leaser

Hardcover - 144 pages (November 2004)
Westwood Pacific Pub; ISBN: 1595880100
Dimensions (in inches): 0.8 x 9.5 x 12.2

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  Book Description: Palm Trees: A Story in Photographs is a visual masterpiece filled with spectacular images of palm trees from around the world. From the formal gardens of Versailles to a lush tropical rainforest in the South Pacific, you'll enjoy the vast diversity of palms that inhabit our planet.
• Beautiful hardcover binding with more than 130 photos.
• Filled with images of rarely photographed species.
• An ideal gift for landscapers, gardeners and palm lovers.
David Leaser is a longtime member of the International Palm Society and the International Plant Propagators Society. His interest in palm trees inspired him to visit some of the most beautiful palm gardens in the world, where he began to photograph their collections. By showing palm trees in the landscape, Leaser has created a book that will appeal to all lovers of the tropics.
   
 
  Tree Ferns
by Mark F. Large and John E. Braggins

Hardcover - 360 pages (May 1998)
Timber Pr; ISBN: 0881926302
Dimensions (in inches): 10.7 x 7.7 x 1.2

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  Book Description: Tree ferns in the landscape command the attention of both devoted gardeners and casual passersby. The stately form of these ferns resembles that of the palm tree and evokes a feeling of the quintessentially exotic. Tree ferns are successful survivors from the distant past, with plant forms dating back to the Jurassic period. Yet tree ferns are still rapidly evolving---they have been discovered growing among the cinders of active Hawaiian volcanoes. In the wild, tree ferns occur in certain subtropical and tropical environments and in Southern Hemisphere temperate forests, where they give an immediate and characteristic flavor to the vegetation. They are commonly cultivated in warmer regions of the world, but various species grow well in cooler climates. There are hundreds of different kinds of tree ferns, and the authors have traveled extensively to study and photograph them in the wild, in addition to observing tree ferns in collections. This volume is the source of information on the living tree ferns. It surveys families, genera, and species that are suitable for the home garden. It offers up-to-date taxonomy and detailed descriptions, as well as in-depth coverage of everything from tree fern use to conservation. In recognition of the horticultural importance of tree ferns, the authors provide extensive cultivation information, including propagation and diseases and pests. Although some emphasis is placed on those species cultivated in Australasia and the United States, species from around the world are also discussed.
John E. Braggins taught botany at the University of Auckland for more than 30 years before taking early retirement. Braggins has traveled widely through Asia, Africa, and the Pacific to study ferns. He has published more than 40 papers and is a freelance botanical consultant based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Mark F. Large's interest in fern evolution and paleobotany spans 20 years. He has authored many fern publications and acted as a botanical consultant for the popular television series Walking with Dinosaurs. He is an associate professor of botany and heads the School of Landscape and Plant Science at UNITEC Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.
   
 
 

An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft

Hardcover - 528 pages (March 2003)
Timber Press; ISBN: 0881925586

890 species!
929 colour photos!

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  Our Review: (Timber Press) Co-written by the author of the award-winning The Tropical Look, An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms offers a definitive account of palms that may be grown in the garden and landscape. Because palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity -- even to tropical gardeners -- Robert Lee Riffle and Paul Craft have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family. Approximately 890 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. No gardener or landscaper who reads this book should ever again lose a palm solely because of lack of horticultural information.
Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. The volume even contains photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants. As well as all of the tropical and subtropical palms, the encyclopedia includes many species that can withstand freezing; thus it is applicable for areas where average low temperatures do not drop below 5F (-15C).
Many features of the book add to its usefulness for the amateur or professional grower. Extensive landscape lists group together palms with special characteristics, such as drought tolerance, salt tolerance, and slow growth, to name a few. A unique appendix with notes on germinating seed of selected palms will prove invaluable to gardeners and nursery professionals who wish to grow palms from seed. In all, An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms offers a wealth of information to horticulturists at every level of experience.
   
 
 

Palms Throughout the World
by David L. Jones

Hardcover - 432 pages (October 1995)
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1560986166
Dimensions (in inches): 2.31 x 11.51 x 8.70

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  Our Review: (by Martin Gibbons) Absolutely the best general palm book - ever! Wonderful! With hundreds of colour photographs. Covers many species, in a very readable style, comprehensive care and cultivation instructions, in fact everything you could ask for in a palm book. Valuable contributions on Trachycarpus by yours truly! It will be the palm Bible for many years to come.
   
 
 

Agaves, Yuccas, and Related Plants : A Gardener's Guide
by Mary Irish, Gary Irish, Karen Bell (Illustrator)

Hardcover - 380 pages (July 2000)
Timber Pr; ISBN: 0881924423
Dimensions (in inches): 1.26 x 9.33 x 6.30

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  Our Review: (by Martin Gibbons) This book is sorely needed and long overdue. There is a colour photo of almost every species (over 100 are discussed) and keys to enable the reader to identify agave and yucca. It is a brilliant book, easy to use, using simple language and it is highly recommended. With growing tips, chapters about propagation and winter protection, and watering regimes. I had to laugh when I read that in hot climates (and here the author is talking 100 deg F+) A. americana should be watered just twice per month! I guess that means that in the UK they probably never need watering! Each species is rated for cold hardiness and there is a chunky paragraph covering each and every plant’s cultural requirements. All in all a great book!
   
 
 

The Tropical Look : An Encyclopedia of Dramatic Landscape Plants
by Robert Lee Riffle

Paperback - 526 pages (March 2009)
Timber Pr; ISBN: 1604690836
Dimensions (in inches): 1.1 x 11 x 8.3

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) A very useful and well written compendium of tropical looking landscape plants for the warm temperate and subtropical garden. The books 428 text pages are filled with useful information on cultivation, cold hardiness, landscape uses etc. and a 100-page photo section provides excellent pictures for most plants.
   
 
 
Palms Won't Grow Here and Other Myths: Warm-Climate Plants for Cooler Areas
by David A. Francko

Hardcover - 308 pages (Februar 2003)
Timber Press; ISBN: 0881925756
Dimensions (in inches): 1.03 x 9.24 x 6.42

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Hardy Palms and Palm-Like Plants
by Martyn Graham, Martin Gibbons (Preface)

Paperback - 144 pages (October 2002)
Guild of Master Craftsmen; ISBN: 1861082673
Dimensions (in inches): 0.52 x 11.04 x 8.42

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  Description: Palms provide strong, natural focal points in a garden, and, as hardy evergreens, add year-round interest. Make the most of these versatile plants with a photo-packed introduction to palms for every climate and landscape. An extensive directory covers more than 100 species of palms, yuccas, agaves, cordylines, phormiums, and astelias, as well as mixed plantings, hard landscaping, and the use of tubs, planters, and other containers. Choose large trees that turn an area into an exotic oasis or grove, or smaller plants for successful borders and garden accents. Simple instructions for planting, maintenance, and propagation come with close-up drawings of each step. Hardiness ratings and notes on individual growing requirements help maximize foliage color, shape, and texture of diverse flowers, fruits, trunks, and leaves.
   
 
 

Cycads of the World
by by David L. Jones, Dennis Stevenson

Hardcover - 296 pages (April 1, 2000)
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1560982209
Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 10.58 x 7.81

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  Our Review: (by Martin Gibbons) Absolutely the best book on the subject, it covers all known species and gives guidance on cultivation and propagation, as well as recognition. A must for all Cycad fans!
   
 
 

The Cycads
by Loran M. Whitelock

Hardcover - 347 pages (May 2002)
Timber Press; ISBN: 0881925225
Dimensions (inches): 1.58 x 11.24 x 8.94

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) Could this be the new 'Cycad Bible'? Definitely an important book and a must for all cycad enthusiasts! (More in-depth review coming soon)
 
 
 

Ornamental Palm Horticulture
by Timothy K. Broschat, Alan W. Meerow, P. B. Tomlinson

Hardcover - 400 pages (October 2000)
University Press of Florida; ISBN: 0813018048
Dimensions (in inches): 0.98 x 9.26 x 6.34

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) This book will provide you with all the information you ever wanted on the general cultivation of palms. While it does not discuss individual species of palms, you can read up in-depth on propagation, fertilization, insect pests and diseases, commercial palm production, landscape management and many other subjects. A color picture section helps you to identify the cause of problems with your palms. Personally I think this is the best and most useful palm book published in recent years and no serious grower should be without it.
   
 
 

Cycads of the World - Second Edition
by David L. Jones

Hardcover - 456 pages (August 2002)
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1588340430
Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 10.62 x 7.64

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  Our Review: (by Martin Gibbons) This is the second edition of David Jones world famous "cycad bible". More than 450 pages! Absolutely the best book on the subject, it covers all known species and gives guidance on cultivation and propagation, as well as recognition. A must for all Cycad fans!
   
 
 

Insects on Palms
by F. W. Howard, D. Moore, R. Giblin-Davis, R. Abad

Hardcover - 400 pages (February 2001)
CABI Publishing; ISBN: 0851993265

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Book cover: Palms constitute one of the largest botanical families and include some of the world's most important economic plants. They are also unequaled as outdoor and indoor ornamental plants, and include many species that are components of the ecosystems of tropical and other warm regions. This book reviews the interrelationships between palms and insects, emphasizing the similarities in different world regions. The host plants, distribution and bionomics of representative insects are discussed according to their feeding sites on palms (foliage, flowers, fruits and stems), and their taxonomic groups. Host and distribution records for the most extensively-represented insect families on palms are tabulated. Pest management and field techniques are also covered. This book is an essential reference for tropical biologists and agricultural scientists, including entomologists, horticulturists and tropical ecologists as well as palm nursery growers, managers and enthusiasts.
   
 
 

Evolution, Variation, and Classification of Palms
by Andrew Henderson (Editor), Finn Borchsenius

Hardcover - (March 1999)
New York Botanical Garden; ISBN: 0893274267

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Useful Palms of the World
by Michael J. Balick, Hans T. Beck (Editor)

Hardcover - 724 pages (October 1990)
Columbia University Press; ISBN: 0231066767

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Palms : The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier
by Martin Gibbons

Papeback - 80 pages (2000)
Book Sales; ISBN: 184092277X
Dimensions (in inches): 0.3 x 8.01 x 6.21

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  Our Review: (by Martin Gibbons) This compact book is the best selling palm book in the world (80.000 copies sold, translated into five languages)! With 80 pages, and covering 120 species all in full colour, it not only aids identification, but covers cultivation (both indoor and outdoor), plant pests, etc. and represents excellent value, much of the information being based on the author's personal experience both as a nurseryman and palm grower, and international explorer.
   
 
 

Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
by Andrew Henderson, Gloria Galeano, Rodrigo Bernal

Paperback - 363 pages (July 7, 1997)
Princeton Univ Pr; ISBN: 0691016003
Dimensions (in inches): 1.23 x 8.94 x 6.01

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) This field guide allows you to correctly identify virtually any palm in the Americas and is a definite must when travelling the New World.
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(by Martin Gibbons) My copy of this wonderful book was given to me by no less a luminary than Sir David Attenborough, so it has a special place in my collection. From continued use, both in the office and in the field, it is now looking a bit sad, an indication of just how useful it has been. It got rained on while trying to identify Bactris militaris in Costa Rica, and trodden on amongst the Geonomas in Ecuador. There is simply no other book like it for the palms of the Americas, both north and south. Every species from the humid Everglades of Florida to the misty mountains of Chile is covered, from Acoelorrhaphe to Zombia. Many are photographed in colour, and there are keys (some of which even work!) for the more complex genera. I cannot recommend this book too highly. Buy it, use it, love it!
   
 
 

Betrocks Guide to Landscape Palms
by Allen Meerow

Hardcover - 4th edition (September 1997)
Betrock Information Systems, Inc.; ISBN: 0962976113

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) A very useful book that presents a wide selection of palms especially for Florida and similar climates, each with exhaustive cultivation instructions and a colour photograph.
   
 
 

The Biology of the Cycads
by Knut J. Norstog, Trevor J. Nicholls

Hardcover - 504 pages (March 1998)
Cornell Univ Pr; ISBN: 080143033X
Dimensions (in inches): 1.28 x 10.35 x 7.28

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) This book targets the scientist or serious cycad enthusiast and provides a very extensive, detailed and thoroughly referenced look at Cycad anatomy, reproduction, physiology, growth and population biology. Apart from an interesting chapter on fossil cycads, the authors provide descriptions of today's living cycads in a densely printed 100 page section in the back of the book.
   
 
 

Agaves of Continental North America
by Howard Scott Gentry

Paperback - 670 pages Reprint edition (April 2004)
University of Arizona Press; ISBN: 0816523959
Dimensions (in inches): 1.76 x 10.34 x 7.32

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) It is THE book on Agaves and will not leave many questions unanswered.
   
 
 

Heliconia : An Identification Guide
by Fred Berry, W. John Kress

Paperback - 344 pages (April 1991)
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN: 1560980079
Dimensions (in inches): 0.87 x 7.66 x 4.94

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) An unsurpassed guide to these most beautiful of all tropical flowers. Every species and cultivar is beautifully illustrated with a colour photograph that makes identification easy for everybody. The book also provides useful instructions for the cultivation of Heliconias.
   
 
 

Encyclopaedia of Ferns
by David L. Jones

Hardcover - 450 pages (1987)
ISBN: 0881920541
Dimensions (in inches): 1.24 x 10.06 x 7.50

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  Our Review: (by Tobias Spanner) This 450 page book is definitely the best attempt I have ever seen at dealing with a group as large as the ferns are. The author covers every aspect, from botany over cultivation and propagation to a large section that provides information on over 700 species of fern, from tiny epiphytic species to majestic treeferns. Many are illustrated with colour photographs or diagnostic line drawings. David Jones stands for quality. He is the author of many other excellent books such as "Palms Throughout the World" or "Cycads of the World".
   
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