- Hardcover: 532 pages
- Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; 1st edition (May 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881925225
- ISBN-13: 978-0881925227
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cycads Hardcover – Illustrated, May 1, 2002
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As a group, cycads count among the most architectural of plants for gardens, including many species resembling palms. Whitelock's study merits special attention because cycads--an ancient cone-bearing family of plants--are endangered in the wild. Delving into the book promises to increase a gardener's knowledge of the care and cultivation of intriguing specimens distinguished by spiky leaves and dramatic forms, and will help to differentiate species that are cold tolerant and can be grown in temperate conditions from those better suited to subtropical regions. The book's propagation advice should help ensure the conservation of these plants for future generations, while a comprehensive encyclopedia of species offers detailed information to specialists and serious green thumbs. The plant entries overall make up an invaluable resource to generalists, as well, with facts on sun and shade requirements, and traits such as a plant's mature size. A final listing indicates a range of characteristics to help in selecting plants for landscaping and garden design. Alice Joyce
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"'The Cycads' is a book that once you own, you will not be able to put down--time and time again." -- Bart Schutzman, The Cycad Newsletter, June 2002
It is a must have for any cycad enthusiast. -- West Coast Cyad Society, July 18, 2002
There is no other book that compares with "The Cycads" in quality and scope. -- Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Society Newsletter, Sept. 2002
This book is a milestone [in] the promotion of cycads to the world at large. It is a 'must have'. -- Roy Osborne, Palms & Cycads, No. 74, March 2002
Timber press continues its tradition of excellent botanical monographs with a study of cycads. -- Bookseller, February 15, 2002
[This book] is worth the price for the pictures alone. -- Robert Haehle, Tropical South, May 2002