- Series: Zona Tropical Publications
- Paperback: 532 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press; Reprint edition (March 29, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801473748
- ISBN-13: 978-0801473746
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tropical Plants of Costa Rica: A Guide to Native and Exotic Flora (Zona Tropical Publications) Paperback – March 29, 2007
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"One is hard-pressed to come up with a list of plants that should have been included but are missing from this fabulous survey of tropical beauty. Tropical Plants of Costa Rica is a real gem. This is a well-constructed, nicely formatted, high-quality book. Essential. All levels."―G. C. Stevens, Choice, October 2007
"This attractive book provides a means for visitors to Costa Rica to learn about and recognize 430 of the more prominent plants of the country and to learn about them in a wonderfully exciting way. A 'must' for any ecotourist, and a refresher course about the biology of tropical plants for anyone. I wish such a book had existed when I first visited Costa Rica forty years ago!"―Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
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"This attractive book provides a means for visitors to Costa Rica to learn about and recognize 430 of the more prominent plants of the country and to learn about them in a wonderfully exciting way. A 'must' for any ecotourist, and a refresher course about the biology of tropical plants for anyone. I wish such a book had existed when I first visited Costa Rica forty years ago!"--Peter H. Raven, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
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It has several drawbacks:
1. If you have a flower and want to look it up, you'll know the flower's color and number of petals, but there is no way to easily look it up by these features in this book. There is no color index or groupings.
2. Most of the photos of trees will show the entire tree. This means that the flowers will be just a blur of color in the photo with no flowers shown up close. The same is true of the leaves. In most cases you won't be able to see the leaf shape in the photos. Several of the entries may include a black and white line drawing of some of these features, but not for all entries. That means you'll have to locate a photo that vaguely resembles what you're looking for and then read the text. This will be a slow and agonizing process. "A picture is worth a thousand words" and you'll be stuck with reading the thousand words instead.
3. Photos of non-trees have similar issues. They may show the flower, but not the entire plant, or not the leaves. Or it may show the leaves up close, but not the flowers, or not the entire plant. So many flowers look so similar. So many leaves look so similar. Having closeup photos of the flowers, separate closeup photos of the leaves, and separate photos of the entire plant would have made this book so much better.
4. In most cases, there is no photo of the plant's seed or fruit. Such photos would often help to distinguish one plant from another that otherwise have similar flower or leaf shapes. There is an entire chapter on fruits and crops. While it is focusing on the fruits, the leaves in the photos are sometimes out of focus, or there might not be a photo of the entire plant to provide a better perspective for the fruit's size.
5. Sometimes a plant will have other unique or distinguishing features. Some of the entries in this book include these features in the photos. Other times these features aren't obvious in the photos. You'll have to read the text. You'll not find "thorns" in the index. You'll only find the plant names in the index, not useful features like "thorns" or "poisonous" so you can avoid touching them when searching for something found in this book.