Aloes Definitive Guide

Aloes Definitive Guide

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In addition to being an important component of the floras of Africa, Arabia and Madagascar, aloes are widely cultivated by hobbyists in Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Africa, India and other parts of the world. Aloe vera is one of the most important cultivated medicinal plants. Consequently they are of considerable importance in the horticultural trade and for their commercial value. Aloes: The definitive guide is a comprehensive account of all known aloes. For the first time since the publication of G.W. Reynolds' two books over 40 years ago, all currently accepted Aloe taxa are brought together, with descriptions, illustrations, reference to protologues, location of types, distribution, habitat, and brief notes on diagnostic features and relationships. Dichotomous keys lead to identification of all taxa arranged in 10 groups based on habit and size, from small to large. An extensive, illustrated chapter on the history of discovery, especially in tropical Africa, adds interest. The text includes a pictorial glossary, bibliography, and index with synonyms. A must-have reference for succulent plant enthusiasts, hobbyists, nurserymen, CITES agencies, research workers and libraries, and botanists.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 800 pages
  • 204 x 272 x 34mm | 1,995.8g
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • KEW PUBLISHING
  • Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 610 Illustrations, color
  • 1842464396
  • 9781842464397
  • 536,348

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"This is not a dust collector, though as a coffee-table book, it stands out with its many drawings and photos. It is best as a functional tool to discover the wonders of these old world succulents. . . ."Aloes"invites the reader to turn page after page in marvelous delight."--2012 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title "Choice ""show more

About S. Carter

S. Carter is an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.show more

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