|Positive ||palmbob ||On Oct 4, 2008, palmbob wrote:
I just found this book on the shelf at a local bookstore. I had not seen it discussed in the palm talk sites so it sort of just 'snuck' out there. It's a paperback booklet with a lot of good information and many photos all for a very affordable price. It is one of the Ortho Book series.
The book is divided into sections on general palm information, designing with palms, care of palms, palm problems and solving them, and the bulk of the book is a listing and short discussion of many species of palms (of course WAY less than I would like). As with every book of palms on the market, there are some errors, though the only 'egregious' one is a Pygmy Date Palm photo where a completely different species of Phoenix is listed. For an Ortho book I had my sights set pretty low for over all content and quality and was quite surprised by the current taxonomy and accuracy of information (thanks to Paul Craft, a very knowledgable palm person).
I recommend this book for beginners- it is well organized and has a lot of great palms in it. For those who already have an extensive library of palm books it might not be an important addition to the collection. But I still found it potentially useful in sections and definitely worth the price!