"All in all this is a most attractive and potentially useful palm book for beginners in Florida."--J. Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Originally published in 1974, George Stevenson's Palms of South Florida combines explanations for beginners learning to recognize palms with meticulous descriptions and drawings of palms now grown in South Florida, and information on palm botany, geography, zones, care, cold and salt tolerance, and other features, in a simple, highly accessible format that has made it a favorite for many years.
Beginners in palm study are often dismayed at the discovery that botanists do not separate the palms into categories by single characteristics but rather by long lists of criteria and that these factors are described in a jargon that that frightens off the casually interested. This is a book for those who are interested in palms but who have not mastered the highly technical method or vocabulary of the botanists. Stevenson's approach emphasizes apparent similarities that may be of more significance to the amateur than minute floral differences by which botanists determine relationships between species. And his hand drawn illustrations highlight specific features of the overall plant or of particular components that serve to identify it from its relatives.
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"as welcome as a long lost friend, and will help palm enthusiasts understand the differences among the bewildering array of palms that frow here."
"Jargon got you down, friend? You don't know a coconut palm from a grape palm and your visitors from up north are asking you all kinds of questions about palm trees...Loosen up. Here's help in the form of a $20 sofcover book published by the University Press of Florida. 'Palms of South Florida' is 251 pages of text and illustrations that may be the best introduction yet for beginners interested in the identification of Florida palm trees....It's a primer and more, designed to make you an instant expert."
--Naples Daily News