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Sorry I'm a little late on this. I disagree with palmbob on the review. To be fair to the late, great Prof. T. C. Whitmore, this classic on Malesian palms was first published in 1970, way before the first edition of another great classic, Genera Palmarum by Uhl and Dransfield in 1987. In the 1998 edition and earlier versions, Prof. Whitmore did make the caveat that his work was not exhaustive. In fact, no plant taxonomists has conquered this feat on writing up on every palm species in Malaya to date!
That aside, Palms of Malaya is a great, comprehensive yet concise overview of the major Arecaceae (Palmae) genera in the region. It is suitable and highly recommended for all levels of plant enthusiasts as the plant descriptions are not too technical and easy to read. The old colour and greyscale photos in the book are also worth the mention, as they are hard to come by. Many of the habitat shots in the book are probably now scarce due to mass destruction of forest in Malaya. I think this classic work by Prof. Whitmore is truly worth the buy and read for all plant enthusiasts.
At one time, this was a half decent coverage of some of the palms you can find in Malaya... however, it was recently re-released but with no new information or photos, and is woefully lacking in species and updated taxonomy. Comes in a nice quality paperback, and has a few photos here and there (mostly black and white drawings), but not worth the money unless you just need a complete palm library.