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Growing Windowsill Orchids. Philip Seaton. due July 2010. From elegant warmth-loving moth orchids to exquisite slipper orchid, Growing Windowsill Orchids tells you everything you need to know about successful orchid growing in the home. Written in non-technical language and copiously illustrated with photographs and informative line drawings this book provides advice on how to choose the best plant, how to look after your orchid when it has finished flowering and how to get it to flower again year after year. Cultivation advice includes the best place to grow your plants in the home, how frequently to water and feed your plants and how to keep them free from pests and disease. Step-by-step instructions explain how and when to repot your plants, what composts to use and when to water. For readers who wish to learn more about their orchids, Phil delves into the basis of orchid biology, conservation and how plants get from the nursery to your shop. 60 pp. Colour photographs and illustrations. Format: Paperback. ISBN: 978 1 84246 427 4. $15.00

New Trees. Recent Introductions to Cultivation. John Grimshaw & Ross Bayton. 2010. This comprehensive volume, commissioned by the International Dendrology Society, covers more than eight hundred tree species that have been introduced to cultivation in the United Kingdom, Europe, and North America in recent decades. Up until now there has been no comparable source of information. Featuring horticultural notes from a network of growers and enthusiasts, backed up by data from recent scientific studies, the book presents a remarkable amount of information in a fashion accessible to amateurs as well as specialists. More than one hundred line drawings and nearly six hundred photographs—many portraying rarely seen trees—offer aids to identification. Introductory chapters covering conservation and modern techniques of tree-growing, and a comprehensive glossary and bibliography, round out the volume and make New Trees incomparable—and indispensable. 992 pages, 580 color plates, 100 line drawings. ISBN: 9781842461730. $163.00

Wilson’s China: a Century on. Mark Flanagan and Tony Kirkham. 2009. Ernest Wilson was the foremost plant collector of his generation, responsible for introducing over 1,000 species to our gardens in the West. Wilson's legacy includes glass plate photographs taken in Sichuan at the beginning of the 20th century, depicting landscapes, villages, river scenes, people and plants, veteran and exceptional trees. Armed with copies of these images and with the help of Chinese guides and local knowledge the authors retraced Wilson's footsteps, taking photographs themselves. The result, a splendid series of ‘then and now’ images, are a key feature of this informative homage to a great plant hunter. Further photographs provide a fascinating insight into the changes and continuities in China over a hundred year period, and offer a captivating glimpse of people and places in the remote province of Sichuan. ISBN: 978 1 84246 394 9. illustrated with color and B&W photos. hardcover. 256 pp.  $56.00

Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar. Phillip Cribb and Johan Hermans. 2009. 

ISBN: 978 1 84246 158 7. paperback. 456 pp. 750 color photos. $120.00

Flora of the Guianas Series A: Phanerogams Fascicle 27. 2009. includes: 71. Cyrillaceae, 79. Theophrastaceae, 86. Habdodendraceae, 90. Proteaceae, 100. Combretaceae, 113. Dichapetalaceae, 167. Limnocharitaceae, 168. Alismataceae . 214 pp, line drawings, fold out map. Paperback. ISBN: 978 1 84246 418 2. $88.00

Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta. Alison and Roger Heath. 2009. 

588 pp., over 2000 colour photographs, Hardback.  ISBN: 978 1 84246 183 9. $114.00

The Genus Jasminum in Cultivation. A Botanical Magazine Monograph. Peter Green and Diana Miller. Due June 2009. ISBN: 978 1 84246 011 5. 166 pp., 35 colour botanical paintings, 30 color photographs, and 18 line drawings. Hardcover. List Price $66.00 Jasmines have long been cultivated for their intoxicating scent, reminiscent of Arabian nights or warm summer evenings. The Egyptians were probably the first to grow jasmine on a large scale and it is recorded as an exotic perfume used by decadent Romans in the first century AD. Since then they have been continuously grown both for their perfume and their outstanding qualities as winter flowering climbers. This book describes in detail the species which are cultivated in gardens, their habitat and distribution in the wild, and their propagation. A chapter on the uses of jasmine scent in the perfume industry has been contributed by Robert Calkin, and why it is such an important constituent of some of the world’s most exclusive scents. Nearly all the cultivated species are illustrated by contemporary or old botanical paintings, line drawings and photographs.

Pocket Guide to Rhododendron Species – based on the descriptions of H.H. Davidian. J.F. McQuire and M.L.A. Robinson. Due June 2009. ISBN: 978 1 84246 148 8. 704 pp., Over 700 colour photographs. Hardcover. List Price $118.00,   Pocket Guide to Rhododendron Species highlights the most important morphological features relevant to the recognition and identification of virtually every rhododendron species currently in cultivation. At the heart of the book are over 700 colour photographs, used to illustrate every aspect of the plants, and succinct descriptions which include flower colour and flowering time, habit, height, performance and, critically, leaf characteristics to aid identification even when plants are not in bloom. The book uses fully modern taxonomic descriptions to the genus. A perfect companion whether you are touring a botanical garden or trekking in the remote Himalayas.

Flora Zambesiaca Volume 12 Part 2. Dioscoreaceae, Taccaceae, Burmanniaceae, Pandanaceae, Velloziaceae, Colchicaceae, Liliaceae, Smilacaceae. Jonathan Timberlake. 2009. ISBN: 978 1 84246 193 8. 214 pp., 52 line drawings. Paperback. $118.00 The Flora Zambesiaca series provides comprehensive descriptive accounts of the flowering plants and ferns native and naturalised in Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and the Caprivi Strip. Published in paperback following a modified Bentham & Hooker system, as parts or as whole volumes as and when they are complete.

Flora of Tropical East Africa: Lamiaceae (Labiatae). H.J. Beentje and S.A. Ghazanfar. 2009. ISBN: 978 1 84246 372 7. 432 pp., line drawings. Paperback. $170.00 A descriptive account of the flowering plants and ferns native and naturalised in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, together with information on exotic ornamental and crop plants. At least one species per genus is illustrated, and the bibliography and synonymy are sufficiently detailed to explain the nomenclature and taxonomic circumscriptions within a broad regional context. The Flora is a part work published in fascicles (paperback). FTEA Lamiaceae is the 250th part of the Flora published, in 2009, Kew’s 250th anniversary year.

World Checklist of Myrtaceae. Rafale Govaerts et al. Due December 2008. ISBN: 978 1 84246 391 8. 470 pp. Paperback. $144.00
Myrtaceae is the ninth largest flowering plant family; it is economically important in the production of timber, gums, essential oils, fruits and spices, and contains many commonly cultivated ornamentals. The family is particularly rich in large genera, often found in some of the world's most threatened ecosystems, where their fruits comprise an important part of the diet of primates and birds. The similarity of Myrtaceae species is high, and its taxonomic and nomenclatural history is complex, resulting in notorious difficulties in basic identification, inventory compilation and floristic treatment.
The World Checklist of Myrtaceae is a much needed work that lists all validly published names in the family, providing the source of their publication and indicating which names are currently accepted and which are synonyms. It will be respected as the standard nomenclatural reference for further research into this important family.

Flora of the Guianas. Series A: Phanerogams Fascicle 26. 155 (Gesneriaceae). Described by L.E. Skog & C. Feuillet. 2008. ISBN: 978 1 84246 393 2. 136 pp., 25 line drawings. Folding map. Softback. $88.00

Flora of Tropical East Africa: Hymenophyllaceae. H J Beentje. 2008. ISBN: 978 1 84646 373 4.  34pp., 13 figs. Paperback. $42.00
Being a descriptive account of the flowering plants and ferns native and naturalised in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, together with information on exotic ornamental and crop plants.

Flora Zambesiaca, Volume 13, Part 1: Asparagaceae, Behniaceae, Agavaceae, Anthericaceae, Alliaceae, Agapanthaceae, Amaryllidaceae. Edited by Jonathan Timberlake. 2008. ISBN: 978 1 84246 190 7. 140 pp. Softcover. $96.00

The Genus Macaranga - a prodromus. Timothy C. Whitmore. 2008. Macaranga is a genus in the family Euphorbiaceae. It comprises trees, treelets and some lianas, many of which are conspicuous large-leafed pioneers of disturbed habitats. Some species have ant associations. There are 257 species, of which 21 are newly described here. The genus is most diverse in South East Asia and New Guinea but also occurs in Africa and Madagascar (37 species), continental Asia (30 species), the Pacific Islands (24 species) and Australia (7 species). The species can be identified with the help of either regional keys or keys within informal species groups. Twenty-five species are illustrated. 257 species descriptions, 21 new species, ID keys, 25 species illustrated. 312 pp. $98.00

Threatened Plants of the Cayman Islands: The Red List. Frederic J. Burton. 2008. This is the first Red List assessment of the entire Cayman Islands flora, covering all 415 species and varieties considered to be truly native to the islands. Full color photographs and status accounts for all the endemic and near-endemic plants represent the core of the work, with background chapters on vegetation communities, threats and dangers, protected areas and climatic factors. A substantial and comprehensive listing of the native Cayman Island flora is presented in tabular form after the species accounts; and an accompanying CD-ROM contains an excellent, illustrated, key to the classification of the plant communities. 105pp. 235 x 155 mm. Col. photos. CD-ROM in rear plastic pocket. Softback. ISBN 978 1 84246 220 1. $40.00

Field Guide to the Wild Plants of Oman. Helen Pickering and Annette Patzelt. 2008. Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, the Field Guide to the Wild Plants of Oman will also be valued by those with more specialised botanical interests. The short introduction provides an insight into Oman’s geography and environmental diversity. The main sections cover 250 common species, and each account is enhanced by fascinating colour photographs which enable quick identification. For ease of use, plants are grouped according to the colour of their most conspicuous feature, usually flowers, with additional sections for trees and grasses. Within each colour group they are organised alphabetically by botanical family. A short description gives details of appearance, habitat, uses and worldwide distribution. The addition of a glossary of botanical terms, a bibliography and indexes of scientific and vernacular names, make this an invaluable reference for anyone with an interest in the fascinating flora of Oman. 288pp. 234 x 156 mm. Colour photographs throughout. Hardcover. ISBN 978 1 84246 177 8. $78.00   

Genera Palmarum: The Evolution & Classification of Palms.
Dransfield, N.W. Uhl, et al. 2008. Genera Palmarum – The Evolution and Classification of Palms is a completely rewritten edition of the acclaimed standard reference work for the palm family, a group of plants of immense economic and horticultural significance. In the new edition, genus treatments include complete descriptions, nomenclature, etymology and discussions of diversity, distribution, phylogeny, morphology, uses and ecology. All genera of palms are illustrated with analytical plates, maps and numerous photographs, mostly taken in the wild. The introduction consists of essays on the structure of palms, their pollen, cytology, chemistry, fossil record, evolution, phylogeny, natural history and biogeography, providing essential background information to the classification presented within the book. The classification itself is substantially revised and based on the latest phylogenetic evidence. Since the first edition, published in 1987, several new genera have been discovered and the wealth of new research into the phylogeny of palms has revealed relationships not appreciated in the past, resulting in substantial reorganization of subfamilies, tribes, subtribes and genera. An illustrated glossary and geographical listings complete this essential reference book to the palm family. 744pp 286 x 197mm. Line drawings. Col. photos. Maps. Hardback. $158.00

Mahogany. Lydia White and Peter Gasson. Due April 2008. ISBN: 9781842461716. 112 pp., 21 full colour wood anatomical plates, 36 full colour wood macroscopic images and 18 maps. Hardcover. $70.00
Mahogany is a detailed identification guide to the woods of several trade timbers known as ‘mahogany’, and aims to differentiate between these and the true mahogany Swietenia. All three species of Swietenia are CITES listed, and difficult to tell apart from other ‘mahogany’ timbers, macroscopically and microscopically. In this book, 18 taxa from the Meliaceae family (the mahogany family), commonly known as mahoganies, are compared and contrasted, with full wood anatomical descriptions and microscopic images, macroscopic wood images, global distribution maps, information on uses and common names. In addition, several non-Meliaceae mahoganies are described. A detailed list of literature used is provided, along with an appendix containing trade data for Swietenia.

Preliminary List of the Compositae in Northeastern Brazil. D.J. Nicholas Hind & Elaine B. Miranda. ISBN: 9781842462195. 104 pp. Paperback. $56.00
A checklist of 486 species, in 143 genera, with entries listed alphabetically and sorted by state, collector and number. The list brings together the results of an examination of some 4,200 Northeastern Brazilian Compositae specimens; and is the fourth title to be published in the current series. The introductory text is presented in both English and Portuguese languages.

Artists' Kew: An Exhibition of Contemporary Works. J. Cloake & R. Strong (eds.). 2006. Artists' Kew reveals Kew in its charming detail as well as in its full natural beauty by the Thames. It is about people too: their interaction with those settings, and the settings in turn as public places for simple relaxation and fun as well as the backdrop for enjoyment of botanical delights. Indeed, Kew today is more popular than ever: with visitors to the Royal Botanic Gardens and The National Archives, and as a residential community. More than 50 artists particpated in the exhibition on which Artist's Kew is based. The charitable share of proceeds from the sale of their work is in support of Kew's plans to construct a purpose-built gallery to display the world's most important collection of botanical art and manuscripts. The contemporary art shown in this book builds upon kew's eclectic tradition: to inspire, to excite, to strengthen the foundations of our living heritage and to foster understanding of the breadth of activity in the Royal Botanic Gardens. 96pp. 289 x 230mm. Col. illus. Hardback, with jacket. ISBN 1 84246 143 5. $33.00

Ophrys: The Bee Orchids of Europe. H.A. Pedersen & N. Faurholdt. 2007. The genus Ophrys constitutes one of the most diverse and biologically fascinating groups of plants to be encountered in Europe, particularly the Mediterranean. This book offers an easy to use, comprehensive, introduction to the genus, throughout its European range, It can be used as a field guide, with keys, descriptions and numerous colour photographs, as well as a standard reference, with chapters on structure, biology, evoltuion and conservation. The classification is based on a broad species concept, offering an alternative to the finely split classifications of the genus that prevail in most recent field guides. Notes on hardy orchid cultivation, by Richard L. Manuel, and a chapter of ideas for field trips, complete the picture. 297pp. 234 x 156 mm. 226 col. photos. Line drawings. Distribution maps. Flexicover. ISBN 978 1 84246 152 5 $66.00

The Genus Cymbidium. David Du Puy & Phillip Cribb. Due January 2008. Cymbidiums are among the most important and popular orchids in horticulture. Starting in late Victorian England, the variety of form and colour in the species encouraged hybridisation that has provided a great diversity of novelties for the nursery trade over the years. They are versatile plants, marketed as cut-flowers, buttonholes and as pot plants, producing many large, long-lasting flowers. Cymbidium growing in the Far East can be traced back to the time of Confucius (about 500 BC), but the first species were only introduced to Europe and China at the end of the 18th century. Relatively few species were seen in cultivation in Britain until the time of the Industrial Revolution, which provided both the leisure time and the money for an explosion of interest in orchid growing. From the mid-19th century onwards, extensive exploration and collection of new species took place. The genus Cymbidium currently comprises some 52 species distributed throughout south and east Asia, the Malay Archipelago and north and east Australia.

A revised classification of the genus and an assessment of specific delimitation and nomenclature within the genus are presented in this monograph. The evidence from DNA data has clarified the relationships and classification of the species. The resurgence of interest in Cymbidium species has highlighted the taxonomic questions that still remain in the genus. The recent rush of new species names in the literature is assessed and nomenclature is clarified. Extensive fieldwork in tropical and subtropical Asia, the Malay Archipelago and Australia has allowed the examination of many species in their wild habitats, contributing valuable information concerning the ecology, natural variation of wild populations and conservation assessments for Cymbidium species, and are provided here for the first time. Cymbidiums are easy to grow, undoubtedly one of the main reasons for their popularity in horticulture. Suitable environmental conditions and composts for cultivation are recommended, while detailed cultivation techniques for the species are discussed by Michael Tibbs, a leading commercial orchid grower. ISBN: 978 1 84246 147 1. 369 pp., over 200 maps, line drawings, color photographs and 38 full color paintings. Hardcover. $95.00

Orchids of Madagascar. 2nd Edition. Johan and Clare Hermans, David Du Puy, Philip Cribb and Jean Bosser. 2007. ISBN: 9781842461334. 464 pp. Hardcover. $150.00
Almost 1000 orchid species comprise 10% of Madagascar’s higher plant diversity; a remarkable 85% of these unique to the island. Madagascar’s orchids are highly desirable for their beauty and strangeness, and many now are under enormous threat from deforestation and industrialization. The new edition of the classic Orchids of Madagascar now illustrates over 250 orchids, and line drawings of new species are added in an appendix. Almost 100 changes to nomenclature are included and species descriptive notes extended to provide a wealth of information on distribution, habitat and flowering times. All the most essential references are included in the bibliography, with new entries accompanied by concise annotations. This is still the one essential book for botanist, orchid enthusiast, ecologist, environmentalist and field worker who need to have the complete picture on Madagascar’s orchid flora.

Atlas of the Vegetation of Madagascar Vegetation / Atlas de la Vegetation de Madagascar (text in English and French). Justin Moat and Paul Smith. 2007. ISBN: 9781842461983. 124 pp. Hardcover. $160.00
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island, and is recognized as one of the world’s top ten hotspots for biodiversity. It is estimated that there are about 10,000 plant species on the island. Of these, 80 % or more occur nowhere else. Man arrived in Madagascar just 2,000 years ago and since has cleared much of the island’s forest. Supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, this atlas gives a history of vegetation mapping in Madagascar, the methodology used in compiling this atlas and detailed descriptions of each vegetation type, illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Trends in deforestation, extent of occurrence and levels of protection are assessed for each vegetation type. The atlas itself comprises 36 detailed A3 maps, all in high resolution colour, detailing the extent of each vegetation type, roads, trails, rivers, airports and reserves, and a full place name index.

Field Guide to the Rattans of Africa. Terry Sunderland. 2007. ISBN: 781842461808. 68 pp. Paperback. $40.00
Africa’s rattans are the basis for many rural crafts and economies and urban based industries, and have the potential to become a major crop on the world markets as a non-timber forest crop. Written for the worker in the field, whether scientist, forester or farmer, Field Guide to the Rattans of Africa is a easy to use guide to all 22 species found in Africa, their ecology, distribution and sustainable management. Descriptions are based largely on leaf and stem characteristics – not flowers and fruits. More than 120 colour photographs, meticulous line drawings and distribution maps illustrate the text. Colloquial, vernacular and common names are included, with notes on local uses, trade and conservation status. To aid botanists collecting specimens, some very practical advice on handling these prickly plants are included.

Field Guide to the Mangrove Trees of Africa and Madagascar. Henk Beentje and Salomão Bandeira. 2007. ISBN: 781842461358. 91 pp. Paperback. $54.00
Growing on the edge of land and sea, mangrove trees are adapted to an amazing range of environmental factors; they cope with changing salt levels, low soil oxygen, and ever-changing water levels and protect shorelines against tsunamis and cyclones. Extensively illustrated Field Guide to the Mangrove Trees of Africa and Madagascar identifies all the species found in Africa and provides a valuable insight into how they contribute to conservation coastal defence systems, as a shelter for fishery species, and as an important habitat type in its own right.

Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses. Dennis G. Fowler. 2007. ISBN: 781842462126. 304 pp. Paperback. $100.00
Zambian plants: their vernacular names and uses is a comprehensive list of vernacular names used by the millions of rural Zambians who rely on bush products in their everyday lives. It is also the most comprehensive review of the uses of Zambian plants ever published, listing some 8,181 examples of plant use. Even in this technological age, it is worth remembering that 65% of the drugs that we use in treating cancer are derived from plants. There may well be effective cures in this book that have not yet found wide use, and deserve to do so. This book will be of great value to a wide range of people, including botanists, conservationists, foresters, agriculturalists, pharmacologists, economists, teachers and students.

World Checklist of Dioscoreales. Rafaël Govaerts, Paul Wilkin and Richard M. K. Saunders. 2007. ISBN: 9781842462003. 84 pp. Paperback. $50.00
Dioscoreales are a small but systematically and economically significant order of monocotyledons. The most diverse and important member is the yam genus, Dioscorea L., a source of dietary starch at macroeconomic to rural community levels. Other species of Dioscorea provided the chemical basis of corticosteroid drugs and oral contraceptives. Ally families comprise the unusual, largely achlorophyllous (heteromycotrophic) Burmanniaceae and the relatively unspecialised Nartheciaceae. The World Checklist of Dioscoreales lists all validly published names of yams and their allies, providing the source of their publication and indication of which names are currently accepted and which are synonyms, making it a standard nomenclatural reference for further research into this important family

World Checklist of Cyperaceae. Rafaël Govaerts and David Simpson. 2007. ISBN: 9781842461990. 780 pp. Paperback. $196.00
The sedge family, Cyperaceae, is the third largest family of monocotyledonous plants. They are of significant economic importance, especially among rural communities in the tropics, where sedges are intensively used. The World Checklist of Cyperaceae provides a single source guide to the correct names of all sedges, the source of their publication and indication of which names are currently accepted and which are synonyms. It will be a standard nomenclatural reference for further research into this important family. This makes it Is an invaluable reference for agriculturists, horticulturists, ecologists, conservationists and plant biologists

*JUST REPRINTED* Legumes of the World. G. Lewis. 2005. This is the first comprehensive guide to world legumes, describing and illustrating all 727 genera.
Legumes contribute enormously to the world's economy - through food and drink, pharmaceuticals and medicine, biotechnology, building and construction, textiles, furniture, horticulture, paper and pulp, fertilizers, chemicals, pest control and ecotourism. This book spotlights as yet untapped economic potential and for the first time places genera in a modern systematic framework. Containing over 1,000 illustrations - colour photographs and line drawings - this is a lavish yet much needed reference for botanists and other professionals involved with legumes. ISBN: 1900347806. 592 pp., Colour photographs, line drawings. Hardcover. $120.00

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