By: Donald R Hodel
52 pages, colour photos
This is the first comprehensive treatment of the genus Pritchardia in over 75 years. Pritchardia palms, sometimes called loulu palms, are found on islands in the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii is home to 23 species, all of them endemic to the islands. Pritchardia includes some of the most handsome ornamental palms that are grown in tropical gardens around the world.
This 52-page book (25 x 17.5 cm; soft-cover, stapled binding) is profusely illustrated with color photos taken by the author. Two species from Hawaii are described as new to science. The book includes a key to identify the Pacific and Hawaiian species and an index, along with descriptions of all the species, a list of specimens consulted, and ecological and distributional data.
The book is intended for plant lovers, palm growers, botanists and biologists, natural areas managers, hikers and explorers, and lovers of natural history. The book will be invaluable to visitors to Hawaii's national parks and natural areas, as well as visitors to Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Islands. Gardeners and palm collectors in the Tropics will find this book invaluable.
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