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A field guide to tropical plants of Asia
Engel, David H. (David Harris)
Publication Information:
Portland, OR : Timber Press, 2002.

Physical Description:
280 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Trees -- Shrubs -- Vines -- Groundcovers and bedding plants.
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Central Library QK360 .E543 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A Field Guide to Tropical Plants of Asia is an indispensable companion for the traveler, backpacker, plant hobbyist, or botanist interested in learning about tropical plants, whether studying them in Indonesian rain forests or the glass houses of an American botanical garden. Using his own experience as a New Jersey native trying to familiarize himself with the local Thai flora, Engel has organized this book for ultimate ease of use. More than 300 color photos - both close-ups and habitat shots - accompany the listings and provide a key piece of the identification process.

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Engel and Phummai's guide covers some 320 species of flowering plants. Following a short introduction, there is a section on plant names, how to use the book, and plant characteristics. The bulk of the book is divided into sections on trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers; these in turn are divided by flower color, foliage, and for trees and shrubs, by fruit. For each species the authors provide a species name, common names, a very brief description, and a local name by country. Many of the photos are excellent, but several are taken from a distance that does not allow readers to see the characteristics of the leaves or flowers. Although the authors indicate that shrubs are woody in habit, they list several herbaceous species (e.g., Canna indica) as shrubs. The appendix provides a more detailed description of each photographed species, along with its origin and family name. A glossary, pronunciation guide, bibliography, acknowledgements, and index follow. This book will serve as a general field guide for amateur botanists. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates. S. L. Timme Pittsburg State University

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