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This and volume two are INCREDIBLE books- probably high on anybody's want list who likes succulents- the photos are great and the books are pretty thorough in their covering most of the species we are likely to come across (maybe not all, though). Many species I have grown or seen in cactus shows I can only find in these books. Madagascan succulents, for whatever reason, just look a lot more interesting than the average succulents. Too bad many are so endangered. Wish the books were cheaper, though. Hard to justify spending $230 on a couple books.... but if you want them, get them NOW because they are likely to be discontinued and then the price will only skyrocket.
On March 6th, 2006, palmbob added the following:
Book one covers the island in sections and goes over some of the primary plants found in those areas... so organizationally, the book is a bit less logical when trying to locate a plant. The first part of this volume has many wonderful photos of the landscape and some of the people of Madagascar. Very little discussion is made of each plant other than the usual scientific description.
This book really makes one want to visit this wonderful place soon, before it\'s all converted to empty farming fields and wastelands.