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Passiflora: Passionflowers of the World Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2004

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If you know anyone who has a passion for passionflowers, then there's a new gift book out just for you. -- Becky Homan St. Louis Today 20040925 The outstanding images of the species are organized according to the most up-to-date phylogenetic hypothesis for Passifloraceae classification. -- L. C. Ewart Choice 20050225 [This book] is a great resource if you, like me, just have to find out. -- Vern Nelson Oregonian 20050224 If you weren't overly excited about passionflowers before reading this book, the over 300 excellent color photos of blossoms should change all that. -- Susi Torre-Bueno Let's Talk Plants 20050122 A passion for Passiflora will surely be rewarded by this compendium of the vine with mysterious flowers and legendary fruit that can also be a shrub or a tree. ... It is hard to imagine anything that one would want to know about Passiflora that could not be found in this book. -- Marge Howard-Jones California Garden 20050510 The authors ... have created a worthy and unique work that will be welcomed by botanists and gardeners alike. -- January Adams American Reference Books Annual 20050511 This book will certainly convince you to experiment! -- Jim Kemper Current Books on Gardening & Botany 20050830 This huge compilation of the world's passionflowers includes a vast bank of knowledge on cultivating and growing - as well as identifying - these charming perennials. Lavishly illustrated with line drawings and color photographs, one look at Passiflora is sure to captivate you, too. -- Lynette Walther Palatka Daily News 20061104

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Since they were first described in Europe in the 16th century, passionflowers have held a special fascination among plant collectors for their bold, beautiful, complicated blossoms and delectable passionfruits. Passionflowers can be grown by just about anyone, and cold-hardy species can be grown outdoors year-round. This authoritative, comprehensive volume describes 207 Passiflora species and 31 hybrids. A chapter is devoted to the remarkable coevolution of passionflowers with Heliconius butterflies, which many enthusiasts now raise alongside flowering vines in the greenhouse. As lushly illustrated as it is informative, Passiflora: Passionflowers of the World reveals the immense variation of this extraordinary genus.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated; 1st US edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881926485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881926484
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,876,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hundreds of gorgeous photographs and lots of information about a flower that is not well known, beyond the usual nursery varieties. Passionflowers are a spectacular species and this volume tells you how to grow them, where they are found, the legend associated with Christ's crown of thorns and even more detailed knowledge for horticulturists or biologists. It's a good buy just for the pictures alone. The authors are experts, yet communicate clearly for everyone. Some of these flowers are out of this world!
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I've found this book to be more than informative. It helped me to identify a volunter that sprouted up in my garden. This book gives you information on the history, cultivation, propagation (various forms), and most inmortantly in depth descriptions with beautifull color photos. It make you want to have all the passion flowers you see!

It also has info on the butterflies that feed on them. I would recommend this book if you really are into passion flowers.
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This is very good scientific treatment of the genus Passiflora, and is also the most complete treatment of the genus available in book form. It contains a wealth of information, from purely taxonomic data, to horticultural information and natural history. The species descriptions are short but informative, and most are accompanied by leaf illustrations that are useful for checking identifications. The color plates are numerous and do an excellent job of documenting Passiflora diversity, both morphological as well as socio-economic. Although many species are not treated here (about half the genus is missing), this does represent the most complete standalone treatment of the genus available to date. Most of those species that any layman or casually interested botanist is likely to encounter are included, and a table at the beginning lists the approximate numbers of species for all infrageneric taxa, which should help those studying diversity in the genus. Photographs of every listed species are included in the color plates, including numerous rare and infrequently documented taxa, further increasing the scientific value of this book. There are also short chapters on passion fruits, regional descriptions of Passiflora diversity (Belize and the Atlantic forest of Brazil, respectively), cultivation, and more. Definitely a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in the genus.
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this is a wonderful book.mine was used,but looked brand new,these flowers grow wild in the south and down into s.america.they are a magical flower that produces edible fruit. I look forward to painting them with hummingbirds thanks so much caroline
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If you are looking for extensive information on passion flowers, this book is for you. If you are looking for a picture book, not so much. While the photos are excellent - the best I've seen in a book - there is much more in this book.
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Goes into great detail for the astounding passion flower plants. So beautiful to behold. These plants, with more than three hundred different types, are some of the most stunning and beautiful flowering vines in the world. This is a must have book.
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I like this book very much. The writing style is easy and the photographs are appropriately well done. And what a wonderful genus to write about. I wonder if the author got to see all these beautiful plants in the flesh? This is a lovely, quality treatment of the genus Passiflora.
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