|Positive ||palmbob ||On May 30, 2004, palmbob wrote:
This is THE BOOK on palms now and is by far and away the most useful out there available. It has a very comprehensive discussion of MOST of the cultivated palms in the world (certainly not all, unfortunately- hundreds of cultivated species are not discussed... but it's the best book in this regard so far). Each discussed species is described, located and has some useful cultivational discussion about it... though as both authors are from Florida, the cultivational information is bent towards that sort of climate. Many of the cultivational comments do not pertain for those growing palms in southern California, which is too bad... but then there are no good books for southern Californians (yet).
The first 1/5 of the book is all the photos- most excellent with only a few major errors in identification (all palm books have errors in identification of palm photos unfortunately... but this book probably has the least of the major palm books). I certainly would have prefered the photos to be on the same page as the discussions, but I understand it's a lot cheaper to do it this way.
In the back of the book are several very useful indeces- one on proper pronunciation (so you can sound intelligent at palm meetings, if you go to those), one on landscaping ideas, and an excellent one on synonyms, as there are hundreds of those out there with all the reclaissification that is constantly going on (probably the case in all plant groups).
Over all I would rate this the best palm book there is- excellent for beginners as well as serious enthusiasts. It is a definite must buy for anyone interested in palms, and can easily serve as your ONLY book if you only wanted one book on palms.