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GUSMAN, Guy and Liliane Gusman
The Genus of Arisaema. A Monograph for Botanists and Nature Lovers. 2002.
475 colored photographs. Ca 200 line -figs. Ca. 450 p. gr8vo. Hardcover.
(ISBN 3-904144-91-X) EURO $83.00
Today, Arisaema have become increasingly popular and highly prized for their
sculptural aspect and their intriguing inflorescences. This genus'
fascination is also increased by a phenomenon, unique in Araceae: the change
of sex that these plants undergo many times during their lifetime.
The book covers all frost-resistant species, whose exotic look makes them
great woodland garden plants, and tropical species suited for the cool
greenhouse. It provides descriptions of all species, keys for their
identifications, plus information on their growing conditions in the wild
and advice for their cultivation and propagation.
This book is the long-awaited result of ten years of interest in the genus
Arisaema. The authors travelled widely in connection with this work, which
is the product of observations in the wild, in-depth reviews of scientific
papers, analysis of many herbarium vouchers, and, finally, the experience
they acquired in growing these plants in a Belgium garden.
Since Engler?s classification in 1910, this monograph is the first attempt
to bring order to the confused state of knowledge about the genus in the
whole of its geographical range. It includes descriptions, taxonomy, names
and synonyms, critical examinations of the nomenclature, geographic
distributions and habitats together with notes on cultivation, providing the
most up-to-date account of the genus Arisaema available today. This volume
is simple to use with, in each section, comparative drawings of leaves and
inflorescences, as well as helpful identification tables.
Richly illustrated- many species have been photographed in their native
habitats by the authors-, this botanical treatment provides a comprehensive
and an individual addition to the libraries of botanists, Arisaema growers,
and nature lovers.
It includes approximately 150 species, 475 full-colored photographs with
close-up images, ca. 200 drawings, and 17 tables for keying the species. A
glossary, and index of names, and an exhaustive bibliography are provided.
Contents (Main Headings)
Introduction/ Morphology / Arisaemas in Chemistry and Medicine / Arisaemas
in the Wild and in Cultivation / Propagation/ Systematics / Taxonomic
Treatment/ Glossary / Bibliography / Index to Species Names
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