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Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants: The Identification and Cultivation of Over 3000 Tropical Plants Hardcover – 10 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd (10 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554074894
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554074891
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 4.1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fayaz is a collector and grower of tropical plants whose work has taken him from the Maldives mangroves to the orchids of Sri Lanka. Ten years of exploration have resulted in the most comprehensive volume on tropical plants to date, describing more than 3000 species from all of the major groups from mosses, ferns, and nonflowering gymnosperms to spectacular flowering angiosperms that make up 80 percent of all extant plant species on Earth. More than 3000 color photographs aid identification. Simply spectacular.--Brian E. Coutts and Cheryl LaGuardia"Best Reference 2011, Library Journal" (02/28/2012)

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Ahmed Fayaz has been a collector and grower of tropical plants for over 25 years. He is the co-founder and president of the Maldivian Wildlife Society and is currently working on a doctorate in Plant Systematics at Massey University, New Zealand.

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A technical book as you have to know your plant families well. I don't, but nevertheless a very good book as the index helps as both Latin and vernacular names. Great photos and good descriptions. A good reference tool and a book for life if you are keen on your plants.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Tropical Plants: Best overview ever seen! 10 Jan. 2013
By Marc-Jacques Mächler - Published on
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This book exceeds my expectations! The book is built on the systematics of APG II. So the families are not orders alphabetically but according to the evolutionary tree of plants. This grouping allows to discover the common traits that eg different families of an order share.
Many generas are included, even some of the most important species. The described plants are backed up with pictures. Those are a little small, but due to the high information density of this book, is is acceptable. The book is very heavy (I estimate 3-4 kgs) so it makes my back bag pretty heavy on my travel a lot. But, this is it worth! I hope the day comes, where such books are available as PDF. :)

You can use these book either as a reference work, but it is also useful for identifying plants. For this use a certain knowledge of the plant systematics is required.

Fazit: It is really a great work!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful photos of an amazing variety of plants 12 Mar. 2013
By James D. Mauseth - Published on
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I just received my copy of Fayaz's Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants and I am already delighted. There are thousands of wonderful photos of a breath-taking diversity of plants, many of which are unusual and rarely photographed. It is wonderful to see the photos of parasitic plants, water plants, succulents and so on (and of course, orchids, bromeliads and palms and other typical tropical plants). The book is organized along modern taxonomic lines; for example, chapters on Basal Angiosperms, Basal Monocots, Commelinoid Monocots, Basal Eudicots and so on, so it is easy to compare and contrast plants that are considered to be closely related under current systematic theory. I would guess that anyone interested in plants would love the photos even if they never read any of the abundant text; professional botanists will find the details int the text extremely valuable. I give this book my highest recommendation.
By the way, I am a professor of botany at the University of Texas, and have seen many books on plants. This one is spectacular.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
great book for tropical plant lovers 19 Feb. 2012
By polyhedron - Published on
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I'm very impressed by the scope and dimension of this great anthology of all knowledge about tropical plants. There are photographs in at least 2 places in this book where labels mismatch the plants in description, however. The picture of Rondeletia odorata on p.581 is actually Clerodendrum calamitosum, and the picture of Cestrum aurantiacum on p.662 is actually taken from Brugmensia sanguinea on the previous page. If you are also a tropical plant lover but hesitate to buy because of the pricey tag of this book, I'd recommend you to wait until the next edition is printed.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best of its kind 11 Aug. 2011
By Scott - Published on
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This is a serious book for lovers of tropical plants. The scholarship is impeccable, and the breadth extraordinary. Unlike most books out there for the lay person, this book is arranged by taxonomic family, rather than the usual arrangement by life form or - (gasp!) - flower color. Not since A. Graff's Exotica have we had a picture book that also has a solid taxonomic basis. Moreover this is not just a book of pretty pictures; the description of each species is detailed and really useful. I am really impressed with this work. Also, it is superb value for money.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Tiring to read 2 May 2012
By Tropicalplants - Published on
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The most dissapointing feature of this book is the extremely small font used in the entire book.

The Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants is a weighty reference book on tropical plants but the extremely small, fine font used to typeset the book makes it tiring to read this book for any length of time.
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