The Book of Bromeliads and Hawaiian Tropical Flowers
cloth, 216 p., $39.95
Subtitled "Your Bromeliad Guide to Interiorscaping, Landscaping, Cut Flowers, and Live Floral Arrangements," Ronald Parkhurst's book is a whirlwind tour of this diverse group of plants. In 17 chapters, the author covers everything from the history of bromeliads to their care and protection from diseases to their decorative uses. Specific chapters are dedicated to Aechmea, Billbergia, Cryptanthus, Guzmania, Neoregelia, Vriesea and Tillandsia.
Color photographs fill each page, although these images of specific plants lack a scale; for those not well acquainted with bromeliads, it would have been useful to provide some way of understanding size. This work is largely a picture book, so should be welcome by those who know bromeliads to some degree. For more text look elsewhere, such as Werner Rauh's The Bromeliad Lexicon (second edition; London: Blandford, 1990).
— Edward J. Valauskas, Manager, Library and Plant Information Office, Chicago Botanic Garden
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