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Hawai'i's Ferns and Fern Allies Paperback – November 1, 2008

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"Attractive, useful, and readable.... Highly recommended."

"A must for anyone who loves [ferns] and wants to know more about them."

"The major reference work for ferns and fern allies in these islands for a long time to come."

"A long-awaited and much requested manual of the Hawaiian pteridophytes. ... This manual is well researched, detailed and comprehensive. It is an essential addition to the library of all those interested in pteridophytes as well as those interested in Hawaiian plants and in island floras."

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Dr. Daniel Palmer, a retired dermatologist, has published articles on Hawaiian ferns in the genera Sadleria and Cibotium and is the author or coauthor of papers on other Hawaiian ferns. Past president of the Hawaiian Botanical Society, he has explored many parts of the main Hawaiian Islands in the course of his research.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824833473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824833473
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,957,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harry Eagar VINE VOICE on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It is said that the most thoroughly investigated natural environment on Earth is the countryside within a day's walk of Oxford University. But the Hawaiian islands, the greatest natural history "laboratory" on Earth, are well up on that list.

Nevertheless, there is so much here to know that some sectors of the natural world have been skimped. One is the ferns, which until now have not received a comprehensive review since before World War I.

In "Hawaii's Ferns and Fern Allies," Daniel Palmer has his work cut out for him. Worldwide, many families with representatives in Hawaii have not been thoroughly studied. Here, there are quite a number of doubtful species, and considerable confusion due to misnaming or giving the same name to different species over the decades.

One endemic species, Doryopteris takeuchii, was not discovered until 1988, though its location is hardly obscure -- it grows all over Diamond Head.

Palmer, a dermatologist and tree farmer who divides his time between Hawaii and Michigan, tentatively concludes that there are 200 species of ferns and 21 allies (such as Lycopodiums) in the islands.

Unlike flowering plants, where aliens now outnumber natives, the ferns of Hawaii are almost all (85 percent) natives. Of these, nearly three-quarters are known only from these islands.

Only a handful of native ferns are thought to be extinct, but 29 species out of 144 are either rare or designated as endangered.

Most, from tiny plants that are hardly ever noticed, to tree ferns, live in wet areas, but a few species have made homes on sunburnt rocks, even at high altitudes.
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This is a super reference. Color photos would be helpful for those of us that don't collect specimens and dissect and measure everything to death in the field, but obviously isn't possible at this price point. Some of the photocopies of fern outlines could stand to be cleaned up or improved a bit in a later edition. A nice touch is the extra descriptive information on such things as the origin of the scientific names.
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As complete a guide as possible (so far) for identifying the myriad of ferns and their allies on the Hawaiian Islands. Far more complete than any other available publication.
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The best book out there on Hawaiian fern and Fern Allies. A great resource for botanists in Hawaii. There have been a few taxonomic changes since it was published but it is still a must for those botanizing in Hawaii.
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