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Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas

Field / Identification GuideOut of Print

By: Andrew Henderson, Gloria Galeano and Rodrigo Bernal

352 pages, 256 colour illus on 64 pages of plates, 42 illus, 550 maps

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Dec 1997 | #65326 | ISBN: 0691016003
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Hardback | Dec 1995 | #41421 | ISBN: 0691085374
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About this book

Guide to the 67 genera and 550 species of naturally occurring palms found in the Americas. The book gives an introduction to the diversity of palms and allows anyone to identify a palm from this part of the world, and also provides scientifically accurate descriptions and a rich supply of illustrations, including colour photos of over 256 species.

A very useful summary of the state of knowledge of Western Hemisphere palm taxonomy. Choice This excellently produced guide is a model of its kind, not only in providing keys and description for field taxonomists, but also in containing a wealth of information on the ecology, distribution, and economic uses of this important group of tropical and subtropical plants. The Naturalist The reason why this should become a standard reference, as well as a field guide, is that the species concepts are broad and allow for the considerable variation that palms exhibit in the field. Highly recommended. -- Henk Beentje Curtis's Botanical Magazine This excellently produced guide is a model of its kind, not only in providing keys and description for field taxonomists, but also in containing a wealth of information on the ecology, distribution, and economic uses of this important group of tropical and subtropical plants. The Naturalist What makes this guide so significant is that, until now, the taxonomy of American palms had never been synthesized and simplified to bring order to all species in all genera and provide standard names among countries. -- Roger W. Sanders Sida


Contents

F0REW0RD, by Robin B. Foster vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix INTRODUCTION 3 Preamble 3 Some History and Species Concepts 4 Palms and Palm Regions 8 Outline of the Book 17 Classification of American Palms 21 Morphology of American Palms 21 Key to the Genera of American Palms 25 THE PALMS OF THE AMERICAS 1. Trithrinax 37 2. Chelyocarpus 38 3. Cryosophila 39 4. Itaya 41 5. Schippia 42 6. Thrinax 43 7. Coccothrinax 45 8. Zombia 50 9. Rhapidophyllum 51 10. Colpothrinax 52 11. Acoelorraphe 53 12. Serenoa 53 13. Brahea 54 14. Copernicia 57 15. Washingtonia 61 16. Sabal 62 17. Raphia 68 18. Mauritia 69 19. Mauritiella 70 20. Lepidocaiyum 71 21. Pseudophoenix 72 22. Ceroxylon 73 23. Juania 77 24. Gaussia 77 25. Synechanthus 78 26. Chamaedorea 79 27. Wendlandiella 105 28. Dictyocaryum 106 29. Iriartella 107 30. Iriartea 108 31. Socratea 109 32. Wettinia 111 33. Manicaria 118 34. Leapoldinia 119 35. Reinhardtia 120 36. Euterpe 122 37. Prestoea 124 38. Neonicholsonia 128 39. Oenocarpus 129 40. Hyospathe 132 41. Roystonea 134 42. Butia 136 43. Jubaea 138 44. Cocos 139 45. Syagrus 140 46. Lytocaryum 150 47. Parajubaea 150 48. Allagoptera 151 49. Polyandrococos 153 50. Attalea 153 51. Barcella 164 52. Elaeis 165 53. Acrocomia 166 54. Gastrococos 167 55. Aiphanes 167 56. Bactris 175 57. Desmoncus 197 58. Astrocaryum 200 59. Pholidostachys 207 60. Welfia 209 61. Calyptronoma 210 62. Calyptrogyne 211 63. Asterogyne 213 64. Geonoma 214 65. Phyteklephas 236 66. Ammandra 239 67. Aphandra 239 DISTRIBUTION MAPS APPENDIX I. Checklists of Species by Country 243 APPENDIX II. List of Accepted Names, Synonyms, Hybrids, and Uncertain Names 261 REFERENCES 301 INDEX OF COMMON NAMES 315 INDEX OF SCIENTIFIC NAMES 322

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