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on 24 February 2013
This book is a distillation of tremendous in-depth knowledge on the subject of the very many begonia species. However it is written in such a way as to be accessible to non botanists such as myself. There are a couple of easy introductory chapters, then descriptions of many species. These descriptions start a bit formidably with taxonomic notes but then branch into discussion which is easy to follow, for me, an engineer, at any rate. There is however a nice pictorial description of the taxonomic terms at the end of the book which is a great help. I would humbly suggest to the author that this would be even better if it could be extended to cover all the terms used (about 80% at the moment) as this would help the non-specialists. I have a number of begonia seedlings sitting on my kitchen window (expensive to propagate from seed because of temperature air and soil requirements) and this book has served to really interest me in the different species. I cross checked on the American Society's web site (given in the book) and looked at their extensive seed list. I found nearly all discussed in the book (not quite 100%) but of course very many in the book which were not available on the Society's seed bank. If you like Begonias or know someone who does then buy this book.
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