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An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palmsby Robert Lee Riffle and Paul Craft
Synopses & Reviews
Cowritten 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. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, this volume is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. It 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.
Book News Annotation:
This definitive account of tropical, subtropical, and even temperate (down to 5 degrees F) landscape and garden palms provides detailed information on nearly 900 species including cold hardiness, height, geographical distribution, cultivation requirements, a botanical description, and historical and ethnobotanical details. Includes a thorough glossary of scientific name pronunciation and some 900 fine color photographs. Well suited to the amateur or professional grower, with useful landscaping lists and an appendix with notes on germinating seed. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This definitive account of tropical, subtropical, and even temperate (down to 5 degrees F) landscape and garden palms provides detailed information on nearly 900 species including cold hardiness, height, geographical distribution, cultivation requirements, a botanical description, and historical and
Approximately 890 species in the palm family are detailed, including necessary information like cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 514-515) and index.
About the Author
Robert Lee Riffle (1940'"2006) was known throughout the horticultural community for his expertise on all things tropical, especially palms. His landmark book, The Tropical Look, won an American Horticultural Society Book Award in 1999, as did An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms(with co-author Paul Craft) five years later. Bob received a degree in music from Centenary College and briefly pursued studies in botany at the University of Texas, Austin. Paul Craft trained as a chemist and is vice president of the International Palm Society. A resident of Florida, he was the founding president of the Palm Beach Palm and Cycad Society and also a palm nurseryman. He is currently active in efforts to promote palm conservation.
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