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Palms Of the South-West Pacific


Author: John L. Dowe

Preparation for the book has involved extensive study trips by the author to the region to obtain a thorough first hand knowledge of the indigenous palms, especially rare species in remote areas, whilst maintaining a close liaison with experts in the field of palm botany and horticulture. As well, an extensive research of the available literature has resulted in the collating of precise locality, habitat and ecology data, and detailed, though not too technical, descriptions of all the 77 valid species.

The acquiring of the superb collection of photographic material to complement the text has also been an undertaking of some note. In all, there are over 140 photographs included in the book, most taken by the author especially for the work but others kindly donated by the twelve contributing photographers.

The book discusses the indigenous palms of Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Lord Howe, Norfolk and Raoul Islands and New Zealand. Most of the islands are covered in dense rainforest and support a rich flora of which the palms are generally an inconspicuous but integral component.

Presently, there are about 80 palm species known in the region, 77 of which are validly described. Most are typically arecoid with tallish slender trunks usually terminating in a crownshaft and pinnate leaves and flowers being unisexual. A lesser number are either coryphoid with palmate leaves, always lacking crownshafts and having bisexual flowers, or calamoids, being scaley fruited rattans with unisexual flowers or massive monocarpic palms with terminal infloresences, also with fruits.

The majority of the palms are endemic to small islands; a few species may be considered very rare, being known from only small populations with limited distribution. Very few could be considered to be common.

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Softcover: 198 pages
Illustrated
Title: Palms Of the South-West Pacific
Author: John L. Dowe
Publisher: PACSOA
Date: 1989
ISBN 10: 0958793131
ISBN 13:
Language: English
Weight: 1 lbs 6.5 ounces

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