Cycads of the World: Ancient Plants in Today's Landscape / Edition 2

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Overview

Cycads superficially resemble palms and are often misidentified as such. However, cycads are actually a unique assemblage of primitive plants that have been around for at least 250 million years. They have become highly sought after for gardens, both private and public, and their present status as endangered plants has engendered an upsurge of interest in their conservation. With Cycads of the World, David Jones has achieved that difficult task of writing a scientifically accurate text, which is both easy to read and to understand.

For this second edition David Jones has added information covering over 100 new species and subspecies of cycads, and updated his material on the 200 species from the first edition. Each entry includes a full description, distribution and habitat information, and a detailed cultivation and propagation guide. Over 360 color photographs plus many other illustrations and maps facilitate easy identification for all living species. This second edition of Cycads of the World makes a fine addition to the library of anyone interested in exotic plants, including gardeners, landscape architects, horticulturalists, botanists, and the curious reader alike.

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“This is the best single reference for cycads that is available today.”—Audubon Naturalist News

“A handsome book, as valuable to the botanist as it is to the horticulturalist.”—Choice

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Cycads superficially resemble ferns, but are a type of plant so old that dinosaurs feasted on them. Today they are widely sought for gardens, and many of the species are endangered. For horticulturalists, botanists, and general readers, the prehistory and history, distribution, cultivation, biology, propagation, and other aspects, are discussed. Highly and colorfully illustrated. Includes a glossary without pronunciation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588340436
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 366,038
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Jones is a professional horticulturalist and the author of many fine books, including Palms Throughout the World (Smithsonian, 1995).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 2
Preface to the Second Edition 4
Foreword to the Second Edition 5
Pt. 1 Structure, Biology and Cultivation
World Distribution Map 8
Ch. 1 Introduction to Cycads 9
Ch. 2 History and Prehistory of the Cycads 21
Ch. 3 Cycad Conservation 25
Ch. 4 The Structure of Cycads 31
Ch. 5 The Economic Importance of Cycads 42
Ch. 6 The Biology of Cycads 49
Ch. 7 The Cultivation of Cycads 63
Ch. 8 Pests, Diseases and Ailments of Cycads 71
Ch. 9 The Propagation of Cycads 80
Ch. 10 Cycads for Containers 91
Pt. 2 The Living Cycads
Key to Genera 100
App. 1 Cycad Synonyms 434
App. 2: List of Authors 436
App. 3 A Selection of Fossil Cycads 438
Glossary 443
Bibliography 447
Index 454
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