Reviews of Aloes: The Definitive Guide
|Positive||palmbob||On Aug 17, 2011, palmbob wrote:
This has been a long-awaited compliation and encyclopedia of aloes and it has been worth the wait. It has photos of nearly all the species in the book, though some of the photos are somewhat lacking in quality. Almost all photos are of plants in nature which is amazing. However, it would be nice to have some photos of plants in cultivation as it turns out many species look very different (and much nicer even) with a little TLC. Hard to complain about what there simply hasn't been up to know. This totally replaces Reynolds as the only existing 'complete' book on aloes. The study of aloes, as with almost any plant, is an ongoing thing, though, and there are a number of species that have not been included at least in the main part of the text. However, there is an adendum that discusses most all these 'new' species (no photos, though).
On August 17th, 2011, palmbob added the following:
Another complaint I have is with the index, which is imperfect -mistakes either in page numbers or incorrect \'bold\' print. This is particularly a problem due to the seeming randomness of the species in the book, so when there is an error in the index, it really causes problems. For example, Some page numbers are wrong (eg. Aloe albida), and sometimes multiple page numbers are in bold (bold represents the page with the photo on it, I think- eg. Aloe bakeri) without corresponding photos, and some plants lack photos, so no page numbers are in bold, making one have to look up every page number to find the plant (eg. Aloe buchlohii which has half a dozen page numbers but only one represents the discussion of this plant... you have to sift through them to find the right one). If one is going to randomize plants in a book, one really needs to have an index that is user friendly!
|Positive||Baja_Costero||On Jul 28, 2011, Baja_Costero wrote:
Comprehensive aloe reference guide geared toward identification of species. Most of the book consists of listings of hundreds of individual species and varieties, complete with detailed botanical descriptions, very helpful photos of plants and flowers, and information about where they are found in nature. Plants are grouped by growth habit and type of inflorescence, and each section has a step-by-step key which can be used to identify individual species based on physical features.
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