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This encyclopedia will become the standard reference book on tropical plants. The research for this volume was a mammoth task, using the latest nomenclature and plant systematics to develop a comprehensive and useful text. The plants are arranged according to evolutionary order, rather than alphabetically by generic name, so that the identification and comparison of similar plants is easier.
Thousands of color photographs help to illustrate the major features of the plants described in this work. Each entry provides information on scientific and common names, plant structure, flowers and fruits, distribution, ecology, cultivation and propagation. After studying this work for hours, a reader will be amazed by the bright reds, orange, and even jade flower colors and the high diversity of tropical forms and locations that make these plants so appealing.
— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden