Handbook of Hawaiian weeds.
AbstractThis book consists essentially of drawings of weeds, each drawing being accompanied by information on the species. This includes its common name(s), a description, details of its propagation, habitat and history, and notes of special characteristics, including whether or not it has been declared a noxious weed. Some 226 species are illustrated and described.
The layout is pleasing, with the drawing on the right hand page and the information on the left. The drawings, obtained from various sources, are clear and are mostly well reproduced. Some, for instance that of Agrostis alba on p.3 and Digitaria sanguinalis on p.33, are of outstanding quality. The historical notes, which mention the dates when various species were introduced into Hawaii, or noticed there for the first time, are of special interest. There is an illustrated glossary. Technical terms have been kept to a minimum.
This is a book intended for weed identification. The notes are short and, in certain cases, further information might have been included as, for instance, the poisonous properties to stock of Lantana camara or the fact that Amaranthus spp. are used as pot-herbs in many parts of the world. Some information on methods of eradication would have undoubtedly increased its value. As it is, the pages contain much unused space.
This is nevertheless a useful well-printed handbook which, will serve, inter alia, as a reminder of the dangers of plant introductions.-D. O'D Bourke.