Pitcher Plants Of The Americas - Paperback Review
Reviews and Testimonials2007 LITERATURE AWARD FINALIST for The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Annual Award for a Significant Work in Botanical or Horticultural Literature – see http://www.cbhl.net/litaward/final_2007.htm
"The bromeliad "connection" for this book is the description and analysis of the only recognized carnivorous bromeliads, namely, Brocchinia reducta, B. hechtioides and Catopsis beteroniana. For these plants, there is a description of: the plant's structure, the process by which insects are trapped, their distribution, habitats, general ecology and botanical description. The text for these plants is profusely illustrated with over 20 high quality photographs of the plants and their habitats, as well as line drawings. The treatment of these plants is the most comprehensiveI have seen in any bromeliad book.
The same comprehensive treatment extends to the other "pitcher" plantscovered in the book. The other genera covered are: Darlingtonia, Heliamphora, and Sarracenia.
Overall, the author succeeds in the task he set himself namely: …(the book) is a substantive summary of the content, biology, ecology, distribution and conservation status of the five genera that incorporate the American pitcher plants, and an exploration of the spectacular diversity that exists within this group..." (p.6). -- Bob Reilly, Bromeliad Society of Queensland, Australia
It gives an account of the pitcher plants of the genera Darlingtonia, Heliamphora and Sarracenia (Sarraceniaceae) and also two species of Brocchinia and one of Catopsis (Bromeliaceae), all of them native to the Americas. Their distributions are described and mapped, their habitats are described, and their flowering periods are documented. Each species, subspecies and variety mentioned is assigned its current scientific name (noting with a full citation where the original description was published), and hybrids and cultivars are discussed. Many of the 15 Heliamphora species, all native to South America, are only recently described, and there are eight species of Sarracenia and just one of Darlingtonia. There is a chapter on habitat loss and threat of extinction, a chapter on cultivation and horticulture, a glossary, and a bibliography. This book enables the identification of these pitcher plants without using botanical keys, and it does much more.
The book is a bargain for its illustrations and the wealth of information it contains, a ‘must have’ for any entomologist who needs to identify them or work with the insects associated with them. "
-- J. H. Frank
Entomology & Nematology Dept.
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-0630