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Paradisus : Hawaiian plant watercolors
Tam, Geraldine King.
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Honolulu : Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1998.
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viii, 152 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
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QK98.3 .T36 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Painted over a four-year period by the obviously superb artist Geraldine Tam, this collection of watercolors is an aesthetically pleasing and scientifically accurate record of 60 species of flowering plants. The introduction--which covers topics such as the role of humans as agents of plant dispersal and as ecological aggressors, and considers what constitutes a crop or a weed and what "wildness" might mean--is used to provide a theme for arranging the plant subjects of the watercolors. The first ten are portraits of plants that reached Hawaii unaided by humans; the next group represents those that may have been or were introduced by Polynesian peoples; a large group introduced by Europeans and Chinese follows; the last group consists of ornamentals. Each group is arranged according to family affiliation. Each plant depiction is accompanied by descriptive text; information about relations, both native and exotic; and importance to humans of both the plant and its family, including some of the local folktales in which it is involved. The beauty of the paintings and their reproduction combined with the informative, interestingly written text make this a very desirable enhancement for library collections on botanical art or plants found in Hawaii. Bibliography and index of plant names. General readers; upper-division undergraduates. L. G. Kavaljian California State University, Sacramento