Cycads of the World: Ancient Plants in Today's Landscape

Cycads of the World: Ancient Plants in Today's Landscape


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Cycads superficially resemble palms and are often misidentified as such. However, cycads are actually a unique assemblage of primitive plants that have been around for at least 250 million years. They have become highly sought after for gardens, both private and public, and their present status as endangered plants has engendered an upsurge of interest in their conservation. With Cycads of the World, David Jones has achieved that difficult task of writing a scientifically accurate text, which is both easy to read and to understand.

For this second edition David Jones has added information covering over 100 new species and subspecies of cycads, and updated his material on the 200 species from the first edition. Each entry includes a full description, distribution and habitat information, and a detailed cultivation and propagation guide. Over 360 color photographs plus many other illustrations and maps facilitate easy identification for all living species. This second edition of Cycads of the World makes a fine addition to the library of anyone interested in exotic plants, including gardeners, landscape architects, horticulturalists, botanists, and the curious reader alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588340436
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 09/28/2002
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

David L. Jones is a professional horticulturalist and the author of many fine books, including Palms Throughout the World (Smithsonian, 1995).

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Cycads of the World: Ancient Plants in Today's Landscape 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
presto on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cycads is a book both scientifically accurate yet very accessible to the ordinary reader. It covers all the known species of in the 11 genera of cycads. The introductory chapters of nearly 100pp included discussions on history and prehistory, conservation, the structure of cycads, economic importance, biology of cycads, cultivation, pests and diseases, propagation, and cycads for containers. There are three appendices: cycad synonyms, lists of authors and a selection of fossil cycads. The book includes a glossary, bibliography and index.The bulk of the book, well over 300pp, however is devoted to the individual species, with precise descriptions including etymology, distribution and habitat, notes, cultivation and propagation. There are over 360 colour photographs in addition to black and white photographs, line drawings and maps.It is a good size and very handsome volume, beautifully illustrated, informative and easy to read; with this book one would surely need for nothing more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago