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5.0 out of 5 stars The American palm compendium, 30 Nov 2005
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Christopher J. Sharpe "Chris Sharpe" (Caracas, Venezuela) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas (Princeton Paperbacks) (Paperback)
Palms are a very conspicuous feature of the tropical landscape, whether in the wilds of Central and South America or in the suburban environments further north. They are also important economically (usually as fruit crops) and culturally (having uses as diverse as roofing, as material for weaving hammocks as fodder for edible beetle larvae!). Since everyone knows what a palm is, yet most non-specialists cannot get much beyond that, this guide to their identification should fill a niche.
This is a field guide to the 550 species of palm occurring naturally in the American tropics. The taxonomic treatment seems to this non-specialist to be eminently sensible and many knotty systematic probems appear to have been carefully resolved. A 40 page appendix of accepted names helps clarify what has happened to some of the older synonyms, hybrid names and such.
The authors have crammed an awful lot of new and useful information into the three-hundred and fifty odd pages. A main key permits identification to genera with further keys sprinkled throughout the body of the book. There are handy introductions to families and genera. The text is succinct and well oriented towards field identification while the 236 photographs at the back allow the user to quickly narrow down the search by visual means. Maps are provided for every species - this must have been a huge task! - and country checklists provide a further tool for homing in on the plant in question.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!, 29 April 1998
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This review is from: Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas (Princeton Paperbacks) (Paperback)
This is probably the most useful book for anyone involved in plant identification, such as Forest Engineers, specially those working in tropical America, where one often encounters many kinds of palms in the field, but until now it was not easy to identify them, and palms are mostly overlooked because they have the reputation of being difficult to identify. This book changes it all, and it's definitely a must-have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Palm book for identifying American Palm species., 17 Feb 2001
This review is from: Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas (Princeton Paperbacks) (Paperback)
This is a very good book that covers nearly all of the Palm cultivars that one would expect to find in the Americas. The book is very well written and seems well researched, it also includes over 250 colour pictures at the back of the book. This book contains a mass of information but is probably of more use to a palm botanist than a palm enthusiast or cultivator as the book contains no cultivation or growing advice whatsoever. That said, this book is still a very interesting reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There are two more authors for this book!!!, 11 Feb 1998
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This review is from: Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas (Princeton Paperbacks) (Paperback)
I use this book for field work, and it seems not fair that a book of three authors, appears as a one-author book, I know the other two people and they are scientist and work in the palms (Arecaceae) as well as Mr Henderson.
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