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Author Riffle, Robert Lee.

Title An encyclopedia of cultivated palms / by Robert Lee Riffle and Paul Craft
Published Portland : Timber Press, 2003


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  634.97403 Rif/Eoc  AVAILABLE
Description 528 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 29 cm
regular print
Contents Machine derived contents note: Preface 8 -- Acknowledgments 10 -- Introduction 11 -- Gallery of Palms 19 -- Palm Descriptions A to Z 241 -- The Pronunciation of Scientific Names 477 -- Landscape Lists 489 -- Seed Germination Notes for Selected Genera 500 -- Conversion Charts 508 -- Glossary 509 -- Bibliography 514 -- Photo Locations 516 -- Index 520
Summary "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 under-utilized 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. No gardener or landscaper who reads this book should ever again lose a palm solely because of lack of horticultural information."
"Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. The volume 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." "As well as all of the tropical and subtropical palms, the encyclopedia includes many species that can withstand freezing; thus it is applicable for areas where average low temperatures do not drop below 5[degree]F (-15[degree]C)."
"Many features of the book add to its usefulness for the amateur or professional grower. Extensive landscape lists group together palms with special characteristics, such as drought tolerance, salt tolerance, and slow growth, to name a few. A unique appendix with notes on germinating seed of selected palms will prove invaluable to gardeners and nursery professionals who wish to grow palms from seed."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Table of contents available electronically on the internet
Subject Palms -- Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Palms -- Encyclopedias.
Genre/Form Encyclopedias.
Author Craft, Paul, 1950-
LC no. 2002067604
ISBN 0881925586
Other Titles Cultivated palms