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Trees of Panama and Costa Rica (Princeton Field Guides) Paperback – November 28, 2010
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"Trees of Panama and Costa Rica includes superb color photos, abundant color distribution maps, and concise descriptions of key characteristics, making this guide readily accessible to botanists, biologists, and casual nature lovers alike."--Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report
"Replete with plentiful photographs as well as helpful textual descriptions and distribution maps, not to mention a superb introductory section explaining the essentials of the biology of tropical trees, Trees of Panama and Costa Rica is a book that should be in the backpack or field bag of anyone undertaking any manner of nature-oriented trip into the countryside of either of these two nations."--Well-read Naturalist
"There are many floras that professional botanists can use to identify tropical trees, but few quality field guides for laypersons. The current work is a concise, user-friendly field guide in the tradition of the popular Peterson and Audubon guides. . . . This is a valuable addition to the limited popular literature on tropical botany."--Choice
"This is a wonderful book for visitors to the region who want to try to know the trees that grow there. It is also a major, important work for biologists ecologists, and students working in these two beautiful countries."--Dan Kunkle, Wildlife Activist
"Quite rightly, the publisher claims there is no other book like this one. It well merits a long life in the hands of nature lovers of all stripes."--Neil A. Harriman, Plant Science Bulletin
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"This is an impressive tour-de-force of tropical plant identification. The lively writing is accessible to nonspecialists, while the broad taxonomic coverage and authoritative species descriptions make this guide useful to professional botanists."--Brad Boyle, University of Arizona
"This book is exceptionally well organized and extremely user friendly, and the text is really good and succinct. The authors convey the excitement of learning tropical botany to successfully identify tree species, and the section on tree identification is exceptional--quite simply the best that I have ever read. This book fills a huge need and does so very well."--John Kricher, Wheaton College--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When used in conjunction with other simpler books it provides the detail that I would have liked to access easier. The guide, in my opinion, has drawbacks in that it does not provide a photo of the trees' bark, nor a picture of a complete tree. Nor is the nature of the wood mentioned.
There seems to be omissions as well: no mention of fuchsia species and the Guaiacum officinale tree is mentioned, but I could not find a separate entry.
The Spanish common names are also absent.
A book on the tropical trees of the Virgin Islands and southern Florida by Kirk is an example of a more accessible guide for an interested casual observer.
for that purpose. A few places in the kindle version had strange characters - just in the conversion to computer lingo.