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Tropical Ornamentals: A Guide
Synopses & Reviews
This guide covers more than 400 of the most commonly cultivated ornamental plants found in the tropics, identified and beautifully photographed by an expert in tropical botany.
The color photographs and accurate descriptions make this book ideal for identifying plants grown in the tropics or cultivated in greenhouses in temperate climates. The characteristics of habit, leaves, flowers, and fruit useful for distinguishing one plant from another are emphasized in the descriptions, which also include discussions of plant relationships, the correct scientific and common names, geographical ranges, any poisonous properties, and other useful and interesting information about each plant. In addition, each description includes information on propagation methods and ideal growing conditions, making it useful for gardeners in determining how and where to cultivate the plants.
Book News Annotation:
Focusing on some 20 plant families and 400 "desserts" of the plant world from Abelmoschus to Zingiberaceae, Whistler (Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu) aims at a field guide/reference intermediate between encyclopedic volumes and tourist handbooks on ornamentals. Includes secondary information on cultivation and non-decorative uses, lush photos on most pages, an identification key, and glossary. The index cross-references common and scientific names. Lacks references.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Covers more than 400 of the most commonly cultivated ornamental plants found in the tropics, identified and beautifully photographed.
About the Author
Art Whistler was born near Death Valley, California, to which he attributes his early love of plants and vegetation. After receiving a B.A. and an M.A. at the University of California, he served three years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Western Samoa where he taught high school biology. Resuming his schooling, he received a Ph.D. in Botany at the University of Hawai'i in 1979. Since then he has made numerous research trips to Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, and elsewhere in the Pacific, working on the ethnobotany, medicinal plants, and flora of the islands. Currently he is a full time consultant with his company Isle Botanica, and prior to that, he was a botanist with the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Art has published several books on the botany of the Pacific Islands, including Polynesian Herbal Medicine (1992), and has written numerous scientific articles on medicinal plants, ethnobotany, and floristics of Polynesia. He is an adjunct associate professor at the Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu.
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